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by Christabel
Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website
Replies: 15
Views: 4055

Historic Castings (cauldrons) website

Hello - I've tried to access the Historic Castings site for their cauldrons but the domain name is now used by some-one else. Does anyone know if they are still trading? Thanks.
by Christabel
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Small bottles in the 16th century
Replies: 0
Views: 1667

Small bottles in the 16th century

I've seen the small fluted bottle from the Mary Rose but wondered if anyone else had come across further examples? See this link:
http://bottledigging.org.uk/Topic166148 ... x#bm166196
by Christabel
Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th century boots
Replies: 1
Views: 1796

17th century boots

Just visible in the background of this 1930s picture, hanging with civil war armour on the wall. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hereford ... 2397439108
by Christabel
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattens - 19th century or earlier?
Replies: 0
Views: 828

Pattens - 19th century or earlier?

Interesting pair of pattens apparently found in a cache in a house.

http://holtantiquefurniture.com/index.p ... tem&id=351
by Christabel
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times
Replies: 23
Views: 4549

Re: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times

Years ago, when a student in Scotland, I went to a private historic house as part of a friend's research project. It had a lovely central hall with black and white marble flags. A large and gracious black and white greyhound rose up langorously and came to greet me. Looking up at the 16th century po...
by Christabel
Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lacemakers
Replies: 0
Views: 869

Lacemakers

I have posted before about a supplier of silk bobbin lace, and going back to the site although I can't find a shop link with this new website there is a very moving film which explains the link between recreating lace for 18th century costume dramas and those women whose families were affected by th...
by Christabel
Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times
Replies: 23
Views: 4549

Re: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times

I wish these posts had a 'like' button as on FB!
by Christabel
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times
Replies: 23
Views: 4549

Re: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times

Well done - I have been wanting to get a rescued greyhound but work full time and have two cats...it's a long-term dream, but there are so many dogs out there that need homes now!
by Christabel
Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times
Replies: 23
Views: 4549

Re: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times

*Dog envy*
by Christabel
Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times
Replies: 23
Views: 4549

Dog types in Medieval/Tudor/Stuart times

Apparently the tradition English otterhound is in decline. This set me thinking about old breeds of dog. In 'Macbeth' Shakespeare mentions 'hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, shoughs, water-rugs and demi-wolves.' Some of these are still around, even if a King Charles spaniel looks diff...
by Christabel
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Interesting object on Ebay
Replies: 2
Views: 1536

Re: Interesting object on Ebay

Yes - I have since found simple screw threads on pewter from the Mary Rose but as a means of fixing, it is like an ivory Victorian mallet I have whose handle is secured in that way.
Nice object, and I wondered if any wood turners out there might have been interested!
by Christabel
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Interesting object on Ebay
Replies: 2
Views: 1536

Interesting object on Ebay

Has anyone seen one of these before? I doubt the early date if it has a screw turn base (though some-one out there will know better than me) but it's a lovely thing: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-16th-17th-CENTURY-TURNED-MAPLE-BOX-WOOD-SEARCES-APOTHACARYS-SIEVE-/270950044908?pt=UK_Collectables_Scie...
by Christabel
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Pedlars
Replies: 9
Views: 5550

Re: Pedlars

Now that is a book I have! Thanks for reminding me!
by Christabel
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Pedlars
Replies: 9
Views: 5550

Re: Pedlars

Thanks, both - excellent references. Now for that book-buying overdraft...
by Christabel
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Pedlars
Replies: 9
Views: 5550

Pedlars

Hello - does anyone know how far a pedlar in the 16th century might travel? A couple of parishes? Or is this a how long is a piece of string question? I've seen a German engraving of a pedlar with ribbons, a looking glass and beads amongst other trinkets, and have come across a reference to them sel...
by Christabel
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Slipware - Museum catalogue
Replies: 0
Views: 1392

Slipware - Museum catalogue

Nice site, from Stoke-on-Trent museum, showing 17th century and later slipware. You may have already found it, but it was new to me!

http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/collecti ... collection
by Christabel
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Great photo aging program
Replies: 10
Views: 6369

Re: Great photo aging program

I must say, I would have been completely fooled by the photo of the Reb in 2006
by Christabel
Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: How to stop nosey tourist.
Replies: 5
Views: 2396

Re: How to stop nosey tourist.

Is the pirate-y person levitating behind the trestle table?
by Christabel
Sun May 08, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Butchers- can you recommend any books?
Replies: 8
Views: 4689

Re: Butchers- can you recommend any books?

Brilliant! I can witter on about tallow candles now! (But not make them, as it's very much a museum we're working in, and sources of heat and atmospheric pollution are right out of the question... But as it's a smelly procedure, I'm not too sad!) I did see the part of the filthy cities but must have...
by Christabel
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Interesting bucket?
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: Interesting bucket?

So William Morris might have said "Have no bucket in your tent unless you believe it to be beautiful or know it to be useful?'
by Christabel
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Interesting bucket?
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Interesting bucket?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rare-16th-Century-original-Rare-english-oak-wellbucket-/270738277586?pt=UK_Antiques_AntiqueFurniture_SM&hash=item3f094244d2 My first thought was, another of those Chinese buckets you find in antique centres, but I'm not sure now. I have never seen a weighted bucket like thi...
by Christabel
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Butchers- can you recommend any books?
Replies: 8
Views: 4689

Re: Butchers- can you recommend any books?

Thank-you, both. Merlon, the region is Herefordshire and Bevis, I have found out about early references ot the glove trade in Herefordshire thanks to the article. Merlon, I will pm you.
by Christabel
Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Butchers- can you recommend any books?
Replies: 8
Views: 4689

Butchers- can you recommend any books?

I'm trying to find out more about what it was like to be a butcher in the late 16th/early 17th century. Can anyone recommend useful books/source material? Or is anyone out there a specialist? The things I really need to know are: - are there any images of a butchers shop from the period? (I have see...
by Christabel
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wambuis van 'zwartsaaijen' in the Rijkmusuem
Replies: 10
Views: 1552

Re: Wambuis van 'zwartsaaijen' in the Rijkmusuem

How do you think the buttons were made, and of what? They look like the knots of braid you get in modern cufflinks to me, squinting hard at the photo.
by Christabel
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 3859

Re: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

I was reading Arthur Ransome's autobiography, and in the early 1900s charcoal burners in the Lake District would take a new clay pipe and put it in their charcoal stack to season, as otherwise a brand-new clay pipe would be raw and unpleasant on its first smoke, whereas a blackened one was just 'run...
by Christabel
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Great children's book - the Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh
Replies: 0
Views: 697

Great children's book - the Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh

My eleven-year old brought this home, and I went from reading it over his shoulder to blatantly stealing it and locking myself in the bathroom until I'd finished it. (Luckily for all, I'm a quick reader!) It's a Medieval/fantasy story which is utterly gripping. An orphaned boy lives at a monastery a...
by Christabel
Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 2814

Re: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

It was simply a matter of finance, I think, in the end. There was meant to be some coming from another source, but it dried up, and so as she hadn't been able to find a Georgian group she just decided to do two periods instead of four (which was probably a bit ambitious at this point anyway due to t...
by Christabel
Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: The Kedleston Medieval Garden
Replies: 20
Views: 4752

Re: The Kedleston Medieval Garden

This sounds brilliant. I just wanted to say be careful with the comfrey- I planted some and it's become a bit of a pest. The borage has seeded itself everywhere too but I don't mind that - it's gorgeous. I didn't know it was a green manure too, so thanks for that!
by Christabel
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?
Replies: 14
Views: 2814

Re: Does anyone Georgian period living history in the Midlands?

Hi Bucket - thanks very much, but the Visitor Service Officer decided to drop the Georgian as a bit of a non-starter, and is concentrating on Tudor and Victorian instead. (The Tudor is covered, but I'm not sure about the Victorian.) I'll let her know, though, just in case.

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