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by Foxe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume
Replies: 7
Views: 2094

Re: Queen Anne shopkeeper's costume

That looks a lot later than 1690 (or 1714) to me, or possibly the artist has misunderstood a line drawing, difficult to tell. The hat looks like nothing I've seen from this early. You could do worse than taking a look at Marcellus Laroon's Cries of London , first published 1680ish, but lots of the p...
by Foxe
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: New book on seventeenth century corsetry
Replies: 2
Views: 1385

New book on seventeenth century corsetry

Cross-posted in Costumes. Mrs F's new book, a 'how-to' guide on mid-17th century 'pairs of bodies' is now available, with step-by-step instructions and historical notes. http://www.lulu.com/shop/tam-fox/how-to-make-guide-mid-17thc-boned-bodies/paperback/product-21460653.html?fb_action_ids=1020333732...
by Foxe
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: New book on seventeenth century corsetry
Replies: 1
Views: 941

New book on seventeenth century corsetry

Cross-posted in the relevant period. Mrs F's new book, a 'how-to' guide on mid-17th century 'pairs of bodies' is now available, with step-by-step instructions and historical notes. http://www.lulu.com/shop/tam-fox/how-to-make-guide-mid-17thc-boned-bodies/paperback/product-21460653.html?fb_action_ids...
by Foxe
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.
Replies: 17
Views: 4918

Re: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.

Can I interest you in a pair of bucket boots, sir? Or perhaps a 6" ornate belt buckle with genuine patina? No? I can see you're a discerning gentleman, how about a cup-hilt rapier, skull necklace and some eye-shadow?
by Foxe
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.
Replies: 17
Views: 4918

Re: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.

Quick! Complain to the Environment Agency that you bought a house on a flood plain and now your feet are wet because it's raining.

Or man up and be a pirate.
by Foxe
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.
Replies: 17
Views: 4918

Re: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.

Things are moving :D

We have a website!

http://www.the-flying-gang.org/
by Foxe
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mary Rose fiddle
Replies: 5
Views: 2652

Re: Mary Rose fiddle

Have strings, will play :wink:
by Foxe
Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mary Rose fiddle
Replies: 5
Views: 2652

Re: Mary Rose fiddle

It's very mellow indeed, and a fair bit quieter than a "normal" fiddle. Lovely indoor instrument.
by Foxe
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mary Rose fiddle
Replies: 5
Views: 2652

Mary Rose fiddle

Just finished a replica of one of the Mary Rose fiddles. The body is copied from the surviving fragments, the neck and fittings are conjectural based on similar instruments.

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by Foxe
Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 1717

Re: Long bows, longer bows

Dunno, but the late 16thC source I mentioned above (Carew's Survey of Cornwall ) goes on at some length about the strength and longevity of Cornishmen. For strength, one John Bray (well knowne to me as my tenant) carried upon his backe, at one time, by the space welneere of a Butte length, sixe bush...
by Foxe
Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 1717

Re: Long bows, longer bows

I've just found another reference, this time from a century later, to Cornish arrows being a "cloth yard" long. I wonder if this really is evidence of a regionally distinctive bow - two different sources and all that...* (*The later one is a primary source, the earlier one is from a fairly...
by Foxe
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long bows, longer bows
Replies: 6
Views: 1717

Long bows, longer bows

I have just read that after the 1497 Battle of Blackheath, in which Cornish rebels were defeated by Henry VII's troops, the victors noted that Cornish bows were six inches longer than their own, and Cornish arrows a full yard long. What are the implications of that? How long were the Cornish bows? W...
by Foxe
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times
Replies: 83
Views: 17775

Re: The Farm goes back to Tudor Times

I was wondering how they were going to follow Victorian, Edwardian, and wartime farms. Pity, I was really looking forward to the chronologically logical "60s Hippy Commune"
by Foxe
Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Golden Hind - Spare cash anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 1423

Re: Golden Hind - Spare cash anyone?

Must be something in the air: if you've got 1.5 million you can buy a whole 18th century harbour in Cornwall, and a further 1.4 million will get you the three ships that live there.

In all seriousness, £360,000 sounds like a lot, but it's a fairly reasonable price for the Golden Hind.
by Foxe
Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 5515

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

What period music are you looking for?
by Foxe
Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.
Replies: 17
Views: 4918

Re: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.

John Clipperton once took a prize laden with a cargo of guano... "Not all treasure's silver and gold mate" :wink:
by Foxe
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.
Replies: 17
Views: 4918

AT LAST! An authentic pirate living history group.

I am very pleased to announce the formation of the UK's very first pirate living history group. The Flying Gang will portray the company of Thomas Anstis, active in the Atlantic Ocean 1721-1723, to the highest standards of historical accuracy possible within the usual constraints. No Hollywood shena...
by Foxe
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Painted bucklers
Replies: 4
Views: 1378

Re: Painted bucklers

Thanks!

I also quite like this one:

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by Foxe
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Painted bucklers
Replies: 4
Views: 1378

Re: Painted bucklers

This looks like a period image, anybody know for sure?

Image

Here's an image from the Holkham Bible:

http://www.thearma.org/Manuals/i33/portionofHolkhamPictureBibleearly13.JPG
by Foxe
Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Painted bucklers
Replies: 4
Views: 1378

Painted bucklers

Just an idle question really...

I have a buckler that looks terribly dull and sterile. Is there any evidence that bucklers were ever painted or decorated in some way? If so, how common?
by Foxe
Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Gothic harp
Replies: 0
Views: 1526

Gothic harp

Just finished a 26 string gothic harp for Mrs F., based on 16th century illustrations, made in cherry. Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.289141881232283.1073741827.123966264416513&type=1 https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/19881_289142241232247_511727612_n...
by Foxe
Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17-18thC Working women's stays video
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: 17-18thC Working women's stays video

I've changed the title anyway, just to avoid accidentally luring any Victorians in.
by Foxe
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17-18thC Working women's stays video
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

Re: Working women's stays video

...also not relevant to Romans, Vikings, Mud-eaters, or 101st Airborne... :wink:
by Foxe
Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17-18thC Working women's stays video
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

17-18thC Working women's stays video

In response to debate elsewhere about the practicality of stays for the working woman, Mrs F. shot this video, which might be relevant to some here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8wwhlnprmE&feature=youtu.be
by Foxe
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Prickers
Replies: 1
Views: 1307

Prickers

Can anyone help with pictures of 17thC artillery prickers?
by Foxe
Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: building a bronze age boat for Time Team
Replies: 13
Views: 6150

Re: building a bronze age boat for Time Team

The full-size Falmouth Bronze-age boat is due to be launched Wednesday 6th March 2013 at noon.
by Foxe
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Later pilgrimages
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Later pilgrimages

More or less idle question:

When did the practice of making pilgrimages begin to die out in England, was it related to the Reformation?
by Foxe
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Down and dirty Anglo-Saxon kit guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1840

Re: Down and dirty Anglo-Saxon kit guide

Great, thankyou!

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