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by Neibelungen
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Gunner jacket?
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Naval Gunner jacket?

Mollo's Uniforms of the Royal Navy gives some other details. He notes the changes that brought the brought the three senior warrant officers into the officers mess also heralded an introduction of plain dress and undress coats for them with gilt brass buttons, with the older coats becoming the singl...
by Neibelungen
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Gunner jacket?
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Naval Gunner jacket?

1787 gives a blue faced coat with blue lapels, cuff and turned down collar. No dress or undress versions, just one coat. It's likly that it would have evolved in style along with the other coats by 1805 and would be very similar to a midshipmans coat without the white facing and cuff, or surgeon wit...
by Neibelungen
Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Light Infantry Company 1812 - distinguishing insignia
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Re: Light Infantry Company 1812 - distinguishing insignia

John pretty much covered the distinctions in full. Pocket flaps tended to be vertical rather than horizontal, but not defined in regulations so seems to have been an acquired habit of distinction and wasn't universal. They seem to have followed the light infantry regiments (43rd 52nd etc) in style I...
by Neibelungen
Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a French Line Infantry Shako, dimensions?
Replies: 11
Views: 2251

Re: Making a French Line Infantry Shako, dimensions?

My experience of making hat blocks is they usually take about £50 of wood and about £50 of labour, which isn't much less than a commercially made one from Guy Morse Browne Hatblocks. They aren't difficult to turn, but a lathe capable of coping with an 8" square block of wood without shaking its...
by Neibelungen
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a French Line Infantry Shako, dimensions?
Replies: 11
Views: 2251

Re: Making a French Line Infantry Shako, dimensions?

1801 217mm (Cavalry version, probably adopted by infantry legere ? ) 1806 230mm diameter 41mm deep 1810/2 244mm diameter 41mm deep (See Bardin drawing for 1812 onwards) 1815 215mm diameter. Back slopes. (How many of this pattern were in use is debatable for 1815. Total hight varies depending if infa...
by Neibelungen
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Agincourt Armour
Replies: 14
Views: 3807

Re: Agincourt Armour

Hope you nickel plated underneath the gold or you'll find it will become brown in about 6 months.

Pen or vat plated ?
by Neibelungen
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: braiding for a WW1 dutch officers' jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 1207

Re: braiding for a WW1 dutch officers' jacket

It's a square cord on the front and shoulder. 3/1" or 1/4" (6mm) black mohair I think. Collar is a 1/8" (3 or 4mm) orange russia braid. Probably silk on the original but could be mohair too. Worsteds were only used on O/R's uniforms. Officer's had silk or mohair if not using gold or s...
by Neibelungen
Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Leeds armouries question
Replies: 53
Views: 8142

Re: Leeds armouries question

Not so much overpriced, as selectively made the expensive items they would rather retain unreasonable for anybody to want to buy, notably the armour. Clothing was mostly silly money.
by Neibelungen
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

The black part from those illustrations is a fabric backing of cloth or braid, which the lace is sewn down to. You can see a non-backed identical lace on the breeches. Simplifies the sewing process as it can be removed easily from the black and edge stitching braid down to thick leather would be a r...
by Neibelungen
Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Leeds armouries question
Replies: 53
Views: 8142

Re: Leeds armouries question

That's the reason for the market. Hoping the reenactor types will be there to buy up what's left of the wardrobe. They pulled the best bits for the tour guides/meet & greet staff, gave the ex interpretation staff pick of what was left and hoping to sell off what nobody else wanted to the reenact...
by Neibelungen
Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chimera Costumes
Replies: 60
Views: 12963

Re: Chimera Costumes

I don't think there are any active buttons working on that site that will actually take money. It also does link back to the front page and there's a less than obvious link to an announcement. It is difficult if you don't have the web skills to take down a site and replace it with an anouncement or ...
by Neibelungen
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chimera Costumes
Replies: 60
Views: 12963

Re: Chimera Costumes

I'll agree, it's certainly doesn't help not to communicate, but then it also doesn't look good for a business to say it's having problems either. People don't like to admitt to having problems or often don't recognise that their in difficulty. It doesn't help either when there's a relationship or pa...
by Neibelungen
Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chimera Costumes
Replies: 60
Views: 12963

Re: Chimera Costumes

Ps... Deposit... it might well be used to pay for materials, but it's not strictly that... what it is, is a reservation fee to secure a place in the makers order book.

How they use it is irrelevant.
by Neibelungen
Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chimera Costumes
Replies: 60
Views: 12963

Re: Chimera Costumes

Well i don't care what anyone else calls it but i call it theft plain and simple! Theft is the taking of peoples property without their consent, with the intention of permanently depriving them of it. It's pretty clear that that was never the deliberate intention and to suggest otherwise is extreme...
by Neibelungen
Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: machine vs hand sewing
Replies: 14
Views: 1854

Re: machine vs hand sewing

Most of the time the stitching looks bad, compared to an original for 3 reasons: 1. Simple lack of practise and patience. The more you do the better you get and the less you focus about how long its taking. 2. Using the wrong stitch. Most people do a back stich or a kind of whip stitch (especially o...
by Neibelungen
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets
Replies: 15
Views: 3349

Re: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets

it really isn't; machine sowing actually gives a different result to hand sowing. Going a little OT, but it's about the principle, not the structure. To the average joe, they wouldn't know or appreciate the difference between machine or hand sewn, let alone comprehend the subtle feel or qualities o...
by Neibelungen
Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets
Replies: 15
Views: 3349

Re: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets

It wasn't desined to be a criticism, it was an observation on completeness of a reasonable simple process that could be fairly acheivable without too much expense or effort. While I appreciate it makes no difference to the end result and appearance of an altogether excellent example of skilled work ...
by Neibelungen
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:57 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets
Replies: 15
Views: 3349

Re: Brick Hill Lane Gauntlets

Beautiful work... I always appreciate workmanship that takes time, skill and real care. Not a criticism, but ...... The velvet was placed on using a contact adhesive Doesn't that kind of deafet the point of hand-making a reproduction as close to the original as possible. It's like saying I made ever...
by Neibelungen
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A mystery of hose attachment
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: A mystery of hose attachment

Snap !!!

:lol:
by Neibelungen
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A mystery of hose attachment
Replies: 7
Views: 1279

Re: A mystery of hose attachment

To my eye, judging by the very subtle colour difference between the white shirt and the very pale cream of the pointed waist band thing, it looks like a belted doublet folded down around the waist. What your seeing is the inside front lining of the doublet. If there were a pair of dark sleeves hangi...
by Neibelungen
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Hand Finished is what it says. (probably means the eyelet holes were done with a hand punch) but then a majority of re-enactment stuff is that level. Which is fair enough for visual enterpretation. (and cost) Maybe 4.5 stars then. It is buff.... (colour) Would have been nice to see in a purple.
by Neibelungen
Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Can't make my mind up wheher it is four or five star wang. Only 4 star... He Hand sewed it. A real 5 stars would have been machined or preferably glued. There's cheap and then there's cheap. I love the fact he's proud of a good 3mm thickness. Still, a 100% improvement on a 2mm suede
by Neibelungen
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Wouldn't you all rathar have one of these lovely items.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Leather-Re-enactment-Jerkin-Buffcoat-Sealed-Knot-NEW-/280625040799?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item41568e4d9f



Mmmmm... lovely bit of chrome suede.
by Neibelungen
Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Swedish 18th century embroiderer?
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: Swedish 18th century embroiderer?

The guy's name in Bjarne Drews and he's Danish. Phenomenal talent.

Think this is his website, but I'm sure he used to have an English language one at one time too.

http://www.my-drewscostumes.dk/
by Neibelungen
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:52 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Yes, but not to hand. My copy of the relevant article from the Costume Society Journal is in London. In it is speaks of various early ordinances? from the various leather guilds about limiting or controling the use of cattle hide in the production of buff. Most of these date from 1500 onwards. The c...
by Neibelungen
Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:02 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Buff leather was supposed to be elk (moose)/ deer/reindeer. There are numerous accounts of complaints and charges brought before the leather tanners guilds because they were supplying inferior quality buff made of cow and in effect passing it off as buff (elk) It's the difference between a Gucci bag...
by Neibelungen
Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 41914

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

It's just that the way buff is prepared today makes the buff stiffer and less prone to the soft draping effect we see in surviving examples and in paintings, allowing for some artistic licence. I presume that to get the right look you'd have to use slightly thinner buff ? Modern buff and period buf...
by Neibelungen
Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 1812 US Infantry
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: 1812 US Infantry

Dave, Fair enough.. it's difficult to work exactly from illustrations, even contemporary ones, as the artists eye focuses on the whole rather than exacting details. Modern artists and illustrators tend to draw with a modern eye and don't see the subtleties that costume and uniform people notice. Shi...
by Neibelungen
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 1812 US Infantry
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: 1812 US Infantry

Ian, They look pretty good from the photo, though I'm wondering if your wearing a sleeved waistcoat under the jacket. Assuming the 1812 pattern jacket which followed more the english pattern rather than the french styled 1810 cut. From a very critical perspective there's a couple of points I'd note ...
by Neibelungen
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: hogs hair bristles (sewing)
Replies: 8
Views: 1936

Re: WANTED: hogs hair bristles (sewing)

Standard 30 or 40 lb hard nylon monofilament fly fishing line works exactly the same as bristle for sewing with and learning to thread them. You might be able to get them from specialist shoemaking supply houses rather than the general leather shops. Leather & Grindery Supplies might have some o...

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