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by Merlon.
Sat May 06, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Medieval Chest
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Medieval Chest

Most timber merchants sell timber priced by the cubic foot rather than the American board foot. They tend not to sell boards in cut to size pieces, you have to buy the entire board. Prices tend to vary by thickness and width of boards, ramping up quite quickly. For Ash expect to pay £30 upwards a cu...
by Merlon.
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Flints
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Flints

by Merlon.
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bill drill commands.
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Bill drill commands.

I have over two hundred drill manuals, the majority of which are C17.
They start to emerge in C16, earliest I have is 1550, but don't start to be common before 1575. That broadly coincides with when the shift to pike and shot armies begins to occur,
by Merlon.
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: As I am now in a position to do so
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: As I am now in a position to do so

They are Elizabethan riding boots not like C17 boots, heel and toe shape completely different. The way you find prices out is you contact the trader and they tell you, rather than just wondering about it. The absolute bargain bucket for a pair of boots is going to be in the £120-150 from the lower e...
by Merlon.
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: As I am now in a position to do so
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: As I am now in a position to do so

Erm. What were these garments described to you as, on the invoice?

I am sorry to say the best thing I could say about them is, yes they are garments.
They might be adequate for pantomime, but sadly nothing else. They bear no resemblance to any English C17 Garment I am aware of.
by Merlon.
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: As I am now in a position to do so
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: As I am now in a position to do so

Is the picture distorted? Seems to be a lot of jacket and very little leg. Are the blue leggings modern or part of the supplied garment? The outer garment might pass as a jump coat for riding with some work. The inner garment seems to have little shape and no sign of a waist or tabs. As to footwear ...
by Merlon.
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Intelligence Corps cap badge
Replies: 3
Views: 363

Re: Intelligence Corps cap badge

Ah so you are portraying a War Correspondent not Intelligence Corp. Does help if the question is accurate in the first instance. Crucially, they (war correspondents) received officer’s uniforms bearing green armbands – normally the insignia of the intelligence services - and the honorary rank of cap...
by Merlon.
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Solid hat liner/ secrete
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: Solid hat liner/ secrete

Adam Blockley amongst others can make them.
by Merlon.
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1620s women's clothing
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: 1620s women's clothing

How about the two volumes on Seventeenth Century Women's Dress published by the V&A?
by Merlon.
Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport
Replies: 7
Views: 1511

Re: English Heritage want a new Olympic sport

Apparently its genuine. EH never said in time for Tokyo, that bit was invented by the Gruinard. Comically the OP point about female jousters was also covered by the Gruinard the same day. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jun/23/women-to-take-on-men-in-medieval-jousts-at-english-heritage-site...
by Merlon.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: civilian weapons
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: civilian weapons

Weapons carrying was distinctly limited according to social status and income

Burgesses and Nobility are not lower class people, which the OP was asking about.

Servants operate under the auspices of their masters and carry weapons according their masters status.
by Merlon.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: civilian weapons
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: civilian weapons

Given that possession of swords and firearms were regulated by law.
Probably clubs, domestic and work related tools and implements.
by Merlon.
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 'Have a Caaaaaare!!!'
Replies: 12
Views: 1765

Re: 'Have a Caaaaaare!!!'

OED states:-

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by Merlon.
Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Can I become an English Musketeer?
Replies: 12
Views: 1458

Re: Can I become an English Musketeer?

I'm intrigued that a baldric is required, but not necessarily a sword. Given that the former is the support for the latter, seems a bit pointless.
French Musketeers of the nature specified in that picture have no equivalent in Wngland.
by Merlon.
Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2059

Re: Who Made The Best Cannons, & Cannon Plans

One could also be pedantic and say their is no such thing as a 6 pounder "Napoleon" There is:- Model 1841 6-Pounder. Model 1857 12-pounder, known as a "Napoleon" Putting the phrase "six pound model 1841 cannon drawing" in Google brings up a wide range of drawings on the...
by Merlon.
Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 1890

Re: Writing on armour

guthrie wrote:Now that's interesting. It indicates that a different branch of craftsmen were finding the uses of acids first made by alchemists. Is there a more definite date?

V&A Acid etching
by Merlon.
Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals
Replies: 52
Views: 3817

Re: 2015 Law Commission 'antique' gun proposals

I thinking he is referring to the Law commission Twitter feed https://storify.com/LawCommission/firearms-law fifth panel about antique weapons. Arquebus conveniently forgets about the statement about increased use of antique weapons in criminal activity. Perhaps he should consider attending Ordcon 2...
by Merlon.
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Writing on armour
Replies: 24
Views: 1890

Re: Writing on armour

Not lettering but you can see this engraving on an armour in the Graz armourry
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.
Replies: 36
Views: 5616

Re: Black Powder storage advice and regulations.

If Ordcon 2015 geos ahead, I believe it will be late October this year.
There is a change of venue as the previous free site would now charge a large fee due to budget cutbacks.
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment group and tax
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: Reenactment group and tax

Most re-enactment groups are similar to local drama groups etc, and they don't have to pay tax.

That will only because they are below the de minimis limit. Reenactment groups fall within the definition of Unincorporated Associations

(Looooong time working in HMRC)
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Reenactment group and tax
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: Reenactment group and tax

Technically all reenactment groups (as Unincorporated Associations ) are liable to Corporation Tax on any profits they make. However HMRC will ignore you provided:- •your organisation’s annual Corporation Tax liability must not be expected to exceed £100 •you run your club or organisation exclusivel...
by Merlon.
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman
Replies: 24
Views: 4014

Re: Secrets of the Castle with Ruth Goodman

In case anyone is interested, the French documentary that was made at the same time has now been released on YouTube. The English presenters have been reduced to occasional silent walk-on parts. Actually found it quite interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbiVEY2l9cw&feature=share
by Merlon.
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Stuart Era group sought.
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

Re: Stuart Era group sought.

Incorrect.
Begins 1603 with James I / VI
Last Stuart Monarch is Queen Anne 1702 -1714
by Merlon.
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: What is Sweet Oil?
Replies: 4
Views: 821

Re: What is Sweet Oil?

The OED states
"sweet oil n. any oil of pleasant or mild taste, spec. olive oil."
by Merlon.
Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A couple of questions about black armour
Replies: 1
Views: 578

Re: A couple of questions about black armour

Black armour has been discussed before.
I would imagine that the majority of gambesons are in unbleached linen and will acquire their own particular hue over time. I doubt if a black gambeson would hide the muck and may very enhance the grim.

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