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by Gockee
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fire lighting
Replies: 72
Views: 17400

Re: fire lighting

Orbis Pictus by Comenius 1658. A children's picture book, translated out of the latin. It would probably have been familiar to any schoolchild learning to read and write. The text is quoted directly. The Fire gloweth, burneth, and consumeth to ashes. A Sparke of it is struck out of a Flint, (or Fire...
by Gockee
Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Pike making pictures
Replies: 2
Views: 2701

Re: Pike making pictures

Don't have any pictures, but the following references can give an idea. References are from Jeffrey Glasier's accounts. Glasier was a staffordshire gentleman who became clerk to the Lichfield Garrison 1643-45. Some of his accounts survive and are available to view in Lichfield library (at least they...
by Gockee
Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 51445

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

IF armour took a long time to paint dry and finish - whatever method - would the person depicted in the period prints be the one doing the painting? Wouldn't he have a servant (etc) who would do it for him?
If so, would he actually care how long it took?
by Gockee
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Small armies which changed history
Replies: 21
Views: 5316

Re: Small armies which changed history

One small contingent might be Horatius and his two companions. History (or myth?) recalls that they held the bridge over the Tiber long enough for it to be torn down behind them preventing a combined Etruscan / Tarquin army entering and destroying Rome, hundreds of years before the Roman Empire.
by Gockee
Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Does wrought iron rust?
Replies: 8
Views: 4357

Re: Does wrought iron rust?

About 10 years ago I talked to the iron founder at Blist's Hill, the only place in the world that still makes wraught iron rather than mild steel. He still works in genuine wraught iron rather than steel stock. He told me that wraught iron rusts, but only on the surface. Once there is a continous la...
by Gockee
Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tentage images
Replies: 16
Views: 4996

Re: Tentage images

Another image that might interest.

Woodcut showing images of 16th century English (probably) tents used in Ireland.

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-r ... hey-leave/
by Gockee
Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Drill Manual
Replies: 13
Views: 4241

Re: Drill Manual

Merlon Do you have any proof for the statement suggesting to avoid Barriffe because "its a drinking mans club drill book"? Or is that just another matter of opinion? Curious to see why you feel Edward Davies (Assume ‘Military Directions’ but not sure if it’s the 1st, 1619 or 1622 edition y...
by Gockee
Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 1780-1810-HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 1999

Try a visit to Soho House, the home of Matthew Boulton in Handsworth and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Hockley. I believe Soho House is free. Both are good for a basic impression, and can point you onto better things. They also sell books that might help. The local studies department of the...
by Gockee
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: south coast traders, (space available)
Replies: 4
Views: 961

What date?

I mght like to come along and visit
by Gockee
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval abrasives
Replies: 17
Views: 2983

I have heard of brick dust being used as an abrasive so tried it myself. I tried some old brick bits ground up to a fine dust and mixed with (olive?) oil. When applied with a cloth it behaved like fine emery cloth. It worked very well at clearing up rust on knives left unused over winter. Maybe this...
by Gockee
Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 6757

Very sorry. I put 'U' instead of 'I' in a spelling error! I actually meant to put the full title to the German language version printed in Amsterdam in 1658 that was later to become the English translation of Latin primer called 'Orbis Sensualium Pictus' in 1659. Of course no slight was intended. Ho...
by Gockee
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 6757

I have at least three period pictures of sulphur matches, but the only two I can lay my hands on now are both by Pieter Claesz, 'Still life with pipes and brazier' 1636 and 'Still Life with Wine & Smoking Implements' Johannes Comenius 'Orbus Pictus' (an early childrens book) translated into Engl...
by Gockee
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Who have I upset?
Replies: 6
Views: 3219

they have not approved some people because they want to know what regiment you are in first. there is a reminder on the guest site warning prospective new members about this, but its not easy to find. maybe this happend to you. try again and post on the guest website stating your regiment. That migh...
by Gockee
Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51734

Looks like yellow coated regiment to me. I've never seen buff fold like that garments hem. The buff coats I've seen don't fold well. In fact, the are like board to start with. Even after many wearings it still stands up on its own! Looks more and more like a yellow coated regiment the more I look.
by Gockee
Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pike at Flodden Field 1513
Replies: 15
Views: 3460

Machavelli uses ancient texts to show how the classical armies were used and compares 'modern' warefare to Greek and especially Roman methods. It seems to me that he is searching to improve on both methods, however, Machiavelli clearly has novel ideas of his own. He uses the format of a master discu...
by Gockee
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Shelter for Riff Raff
Replies: 42
Views: 7318

Although it doesn't say how many tents, Sir William Patten's " 'The Expedicion into Scotlade' of the most woorthley for-tunate prince Edward, Duke of Soomerset...." has maps of the sucessive stages of battle of Musselburgh. The first maps each have a row of T's. The key says "TTTT. Th...
by Gockee
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pike at Flodden Field 1513
Replies: 15
Views: 3460

...and just to confuse the matter still further, Machiavelli, Art of Warre, 1560, gives Swiss pikes as being "Nine arm lengths long"

However, he fails to say whose arm!
by Gockee
Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Why do pike pushes?
Replies: 30
Views: 6970

I have to take issue with you, Steve Stanley. Most push people get this wrong, plain and simple. My experience was from the SK, in Bagot's. At one muster, Coughton Court, 1993ish(?) I had FOUR of my pike block of 17 pike 'medic'ed off in one afternoon during pike pushes. After the battle the pike ha...

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