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by Colin Middleton
Fri May 08, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Female Headgear
Replies: 4
Views: 2327

Re: 14th Century Female Headgear

Welcome wanderer. :) While generally Brother R's advice to look at the manuscripts is spot on, women's headwear can be tricky to interpret. Sarah Thursfield has commented on the struggles that she's had. As you're young, a simple head cloth may be sufficient, though you'll probably want a barbette o...
by Colin Middleton
Wed May 06, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 10138

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

Cuir bouille is pretty comprehensively proved to be wet leather nailed to wooden formers and then dried artificially. Close study of existing examples shows how this technique works. If you boil it it looses shape and can crack up. Chris Dobson did an article in one of the Park Lane Arms fair journ...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?
Replies: 17
Views: 10138

Re: How accurate are leather gauntlets as armour?

I'd say totally unknown prior to the 20th Century. There was leather armour in use in the late 13th to early 14th C, but it was all made of boiled leather, which is quite different to that stuff. It only appears for s short Tim before being replaced by steel plates and is always highly decorated. I'...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 5217

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Generally you can spot high levels of synthetic in a fabric quite easily. Visually they have a sheen to them, which tends to be missing from natural fabrics, especially plant based ones. They also have quite a different texture and crease differently in the hand. Blended fabrics are harder to spot (...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2563

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

I've been advised to use Appleton's Crewel thread for sewing wools togeather.

I normally order mine from Wye Needlecraft in Bakewell.

Unravelling isn't always an option for me as I'm using filled cloths.
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Armour stand
Replies: 11
Views: 3509

Re: Armour stand

Has anyone seen any evidence for any kind of authentic armour stand (I.e. Contemporary with the armour on it)? I've seen references to barrels, I've seen armour hung on racks on the wall and I've seen it in cupboard like constructions, but never on anything that I'd call an armour stand.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to use lances
Replies: 37
Views: 8122

Re: How to use lances

I think that our first hurdle is that none of us can ride well...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to use lances
Replies: 37
Views: 8122

Re: How to use lances

Thanks for sharing guys. The original question came up while experimenting with Fiore in full harness, as did the question of whether we could ever try any of the mounted techniques. :D

I'll make sure that the guys who asked the question have a read.

Best wishes

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How to use lances
Replies: 37
Views: 8122

How to use lances

I was at a Fiore workshop yesterday and the question came up, "What do you do if your lance doesn't break?" Specifically, assuming that you've got a good, solid blow on the other guy but the lance stays solid and he ( somehow) isn't unhorsed. Our guess was that you drop your lance do that ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval pressing
Replies: 7
Views: 2801

Re: medieval pressing

There is a picture of a medieval iron in one of our archeology books, it's basically a rectangle of lead with a handle on top. However I'd be sceptical that it was used in sewing.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 10685

Re: Linen Kirtles

Mmm... Blackpool Ragnarock.
by Colin Middleton
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!
Replies: 32
Views: 17158

Re: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!

Mark Griffin wrote:I have BLOODY TONS of both colours left.. If anyone wants to make crazy paving with sealing wax, i have a some slabs at good prices....


If you're serious about wanting to get rid of it, I'd be interested in a chunk. It might give me the kick that I need to get s seal sorted out.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: New history website for kids - your thoughts please!
Replies: 3
Views: 3837

Re: New history website for kids - your thoughts please!

That's a very nice little site. Really looks good too. Again, didn't recognise my surname, but I'm guessing that's just a bit of fun anyway. In the Wars of the Roses section, you stated that the Lancastrian symbol was a red rose. You know that's not correct don't you? Finally, I'm guessing that you'...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 10685

Re: Linen Kirtles

I'd avoid linen kirtles. Wool can be very light weight (woolen suiting), as well as heavy and scratchy. I'm not aware of any evidence to support linen kirtled in 15th C England. Given that linen was expensive to buy (more so than cheap woolens) and difficult to dye, I think that it is unlikely to be...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval pressing
Replies: 7
Views: 2801

Re: medieval pressing

Do the seams really need pressing? I've only ever done that on doublets, which are very close fitting and multi-layered.
by Colin Middleton
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice please on square neckline
Replies: 12
Views: 3799

Re: Advice please on square neckline

As far as I know, the square neck line starts to appear in England in the 1490s, possibly late 80s, so yes, they are known in the 15th C. They are not appropriate for Wars of the Roses.

Other than that, listen to Alice and Mark, they know what they're talking about.

Good luck,

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Waxed linen gaiters
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

Re: Waxed linen gaiters

That's the picture, thank you.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Waxed linen gaiters
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

Re: Waxed linen gaiters

Mick, you definitely see pieces of linen wrapped round the lower legs, which is what we're discussing. I'd never considered that they might be waxed though. I've a picture somewhere of a pair from behind, which makes them look like a rectangle of linen tied round the leg. I had the impression that t...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fabrics
Replies: 7
Views: 2888

Re: Fabrics

Cloth Hall had some while hosen fabric at Bosworth, but it's a gods 2/2 twill, which is what you describe as 'woven' wool, as that makes the best hosen.

The 'non-woven' is filled or finished wool. It's still woven, it's just that additional processes are applied that hide the weave.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: what were mail makers called?
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: what were mail makers called?

Thanks for that Brother Ranulf. I'm not surprised at the longevity of the term though. A shoemaker was a cordwainer, long after they stopped using cordovan to make shoes.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: what were mail makers called?
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

what were mail makers called?

Last weekend, I met a family with the surname Haberjon (not sure on the spelling). They had been told that this was a term for people who made mail and asked my opinion. I pointed out the phonetic similarity with the High Medieval term for a mail shirt, but couldn't confirm more than that. Can anyon...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 26140

Re: Natural Dyes?

Alice the Huswyf wrote: [brain fartery] someone clever insert name of best known supplier here as I have forgotten [/brainfartery],


Mulberry Dye?
by Colin Middleton
Tue May 06, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black armour - right or wrong?
Replies: 91
Views: 45041

Re: Black armour - right or wrong?

Mark Griffin wrote:The more I look at wotr re-enactment armour the more I bang my head on walls. No idea why I'm so het up about it...


Is that because the armourers aren't good enough, or just that so many people buy crap armour (or is it just that you look too closely at the WotR stuff :wink: )

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13744

Re: 13th C. Farm

DanceswithCows wrote: Didn't think it would be so hard :crazy:


It's not. You're the only one who appears to be struggling with it.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13744

Re: 13th C. Farm

DanceswithCows wrote: Didn't think it would be so hard :crazy:


It's not. You're the only one who appears to be struggling with it.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13744

Re: 13th C. Farm

One of the first things that Brother Ranulf says about cows is
many people today that there were "breeds" in the modern sense - there were definitely not.
.
That looks pretty specific and unambiguous to me.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th C. Farm
Replies: 59
Views: 13744

Re: 13th C. Farm

OK, I have looked at that and I'm not seeing what you are seeing: - You still have not explained why in your opinion there are no terms within this special race of draught cattle for the breeding & young stock. We have terms for horses - mare, filly, colt, stallion, etc. and we have terms for c...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: North Yorkshire Middletons
Replies: 2
Views: 1287

Re: North Yorkshire Middletons

Thanks for the lead M0rt. I'll try that.

I know that Sir Robert Middleton fought for Richard at Bosworth and Stoke. I think that he was from the Westmoreland Middletons.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 4646

Re: Spurs - How to wear them?

GDFB tend to produce items that are robust, vaguely the right shape and possibly confortable to wear. If you're looking for something that doesn't look too far from the truth, they'll do, but you may not want to wear them for long. If you want something that will stand up to closer scrutiny, I'd loo...
by Colin Middleton
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 4646

Re: Spurs - How to wear them?

Which pair? Where from?

Colin

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