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by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3994

AElfcynn, what do you think of it?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Name abbreviations
Replies: 11
Views: 4168

That's interesting, that - as I say never seen it even once, here. :D Never seen the non conformist records, though and they'd probably tell a diff tale. The names in this particular parish in the 18thC and 19thC (apart from my own family and the vicar's who choose more colourful names) are amazingl...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Name abbreviations
Replies: 11
Views: 4168

I suspect that JNS may be summat else because abbreviations were only used for really common names - no point in them otherwise. So maybe the 'JNS' is something that's not a name? Or it's a difficult to read hand? I'd love to see a scan of it - not that I know anything about it just cos it's interes...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Name abbreviations
Replies: 11
Views: 4168

Could it just be his initials? Or are dates involved? 'I's and 'J's look the same in some scripts - could it be short for 'Ianuarius? (January) Just a thort. The standard parish register abbreviation for 'James' seems to be 'Jas'. For 'John' it's 'Jno'. William is invariably 'Wm', etc. 'Christopher'...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4592

Re. the original q - there's nothing against greeny blue but it would be expensive. Surprisingly few ways to get a green from one plant source - apart from dyer's greenweed and one or two others - and the way it was got, historically was usually over-dyeing woad with weld or vice versa. By doing thi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3994

Steve Pollington's First Steps in OE is a nice starting point. He has some audio stuff out too so you can hear how it's pronounced. Haven't heard of this one you mention, so don't want to say owt. Could be good could be terrible, could be anything inbetween! The Gesithas website forums may have some...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3994

Never heard of him or it.

Steve Pollington's books are very good for the autodidact, I guess. And the Bill Griffiths word hoard is a nice thing.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teeth and authenticity
Replies: 29
Views: 4345

From a site re dentistry in the American Civil War which seems to imply fillings were a largely 19thC thing: http://www.fauchard.org/publications/history/Journal_98_46_2p71.htm There were two classic dental texts used during the Civil War by dentists of both the North and South. They were J. Taft's ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 'Valkyries really did exist', says new book
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

That sounds interesting, Thor - will look forward to reading it. Thanks for linking. :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3757

Because someone with no knowledge of Middle English can read it, it's so late. :lol: Shows a lack of real knowledge when there is some good stuff (usually anonymous) out there. I doubt that would trouble many people anyways - but I do have a laugh to myself when I see it yet again. Be nice for someo...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3757

It's way too obvious though - far better stuff (not talking literary merit here, but interesting, weird and dark stuff) and only the tip of the iceberg translated therefore accessible to the sort of people who are going to attempt it. Why go for the obvious stuff that kiddies in school do?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3757

You know, occurs to me if you're portraying an essentially oral culture - which the AS feats of memorization suggest was the norm - then it would be an omission not to find someone who could attempt this. But not in a half assed way. Find a real pagan! :D Not your period, but... Tell you what strike...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teeth and authenticity
Replies: 29
Views: 4345

Found this today (Can you tell I'm meant to be sewing?:wink: ):

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6875436/

And:

http://www.helium.com/items/446403-hist ... alse-teeth

The ones I saw in Scarborough were carved from a solid block of wood. I think.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 2871

Ah Tudor - no you can use anything you want to make them, as you can use garters to keep them up anyways. Lot of the folk here do medieval so when you say 'hose' they're thinking of summat different. Some 17thC folk use linen, some wool. TBH I'd use whatever I had to hand so long as it isn't scratch...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Early 17th century shirts
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

Dathi as I posted in Costumes lately, there's Slingsby's shirt in Knaresborough Museum (at Knaresboro Castle) it's 1650s but no big changes in 17thC shirts as far as we know... and also in Yorkshire so you can see it in person, not a picture. I can't recall the falling band, (and can't find where my...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 2871

If woolen, you probably want something that's not heavily fulled too - if you can still see the weave it's more likely to have some give . We've done medieval and later and sometimes for the later, they can be linen so stretchiness doesn't even come into it (held up be various other means). Not sure...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teeth and authenticity
Replies: 29
Views: 4345

And there's the option of white fillings now. I have a drop dead huge amalgam filing but it's right at the back, so probably OK. Made sure all my front fillings are white, though. Re: authenti-damage.... There's also that typical wear on flax spinners' teeth - little groove. And clay pipe smokers' d...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 1780-1810-HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 1949

Blimey I remember him from when I lived in Brum. Bit defensive, I always thought - trying to prove Bham is interesting... Birmingham Museum has (or had) a whole local history section, full of resources. Bit grim, and I'm never bored by museums but that one comes close... but bang on for what you wan...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed May 28, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Slingsby's shirt (17thC)
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Slingsby's shirt (17thC)

For anyone costume orientated, in Yorkshire or visiting, there is the shirt of Sir Henry Slingsby, executed in 1658, on display in the museum at Knaresborough Castle. http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/immediacy-996 You can get close up enough to check out the details - some interesting stitching, oversewi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon May 12, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14892

Is the Tudor-Georgian curtain dress lady standing like a zombie or is it my imagination? Talk about frocky horror...

And to be fair, I imagine a speculum could be re-enactment equipment if you were playing a 1970s ob/gyn doctor, or something?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat May 10, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14892

Why violated? You're not one of the ebay sellers are you? :lol:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14892

Medieval pirate
too, apparently. :lol: Is that real hair or bad wig?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14892

It would be an interesting competition to have some of these and guess the era... cos I can't tell half the time even to within 200 years when they're meant to be.... :lol:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: For the knitters.... Ravelry, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

For the knitters.... Ravelry, anyone?

Just wondering if anyone's on Ravelry?

https://www.ravelry.com/account/login

I'm on the waiting list - must have been the last person on earth to hear about it as it seems all the knitters I know are already on!

If you're on there, what's it like and do you use it much?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14892

You mean this?

http://tinyurl.com/3zjlap

Classy :lol: I think I've seen summat like that in Ann Summers' window....

If you scroll down to Description, you'll see he says it's for 'Suitable for: Men'... Blimey. There's some interesting men wandering round Kidderminster then.... :wink:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: First or Third Person LH?
Replies: 44
Views: 7105

Yes, setting is key, isn't it? And the context. I'd rather be shown round a place by a knowledgeable employee/volunteer and forget the being dressed up thing - if they knew their stuff - than experience 'bad' LH (ie: watching people in costume chat to eachother, and ignore you under tent awnings) wi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mutant Fruit!- Pineapple Reticule
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

That's lovely. I'm wondering if you could make an entrelac pineapple to give it the right sort of feel? Wish I had a pattern amongst my Victorian ones, but no reticules at all. I have a 19thC pattern for entrelac socks, though so it's an old enough technique.

Really nice job. :)
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: First or Third Person LH?
Replies: 44
Views: 7105

I think a lot depends on which group you happened on first and how long you've been re-enacting (ie: what the current 'muster fashion'/ethos was when you first started). As the people I know with differing ideas about this, came into re-enacting at different times or were with group X as opposed to ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

That'd be great, Merlon. I'll scan it for anyone interested, too. It's a much finer gauge piece of knitting than the Gunnister, but it is useful to read just to get the technique. Rutt comments that the stockings as knitted from the 1655 pattern, are not entirely fantastic but probably worth it for ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

Ah thanks Sally I'll definitely attempt that at some point but this present pair, will stick with me common shaped heel! I'm thinking of knitting thrums into the heel to make it harder wearing - am spinnin g the wool for the heels on this pair separately, with an extra ply, but very fine and very wo...

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