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by madjon
Thu May 18, 2006 12:14 am
Forum: General History
Topic: From Hearth to Chimney, when?
Replies: 9
Views: 876

what about king charles tax on chimneys in the 17th century would that be a a tax which slowed the adoption of the chimney?
by madjon
Tue May 09, 2006 11:55 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: glass
Replies: 3
Views: 576

has the advantage that if you break it then you can order another one rather than spend a while finding another original, thought it may be of interest as the last original bottle i bought was £35 and it sits carefully in a cabinet, whereas a repro one isnt so bad if it breaks.
by madjon
Mon May 08, 2006 2:34 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: glass
Replies: 3
Views: 576

glass

while nosing around on the internet came across this site, they produce some usable repro glass ware,

http://www.northerner.com/html/scg-3_1.html
by madjon
Sun May 07, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: labels and packaging
Replies: 2
Views: 781

havent found many yet but heres an interesting links page from a sherlock holmes fan, some interesting and useful victorian links.

http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~ams/sh/victorian.html
by madjon
Wed May 03, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: labels and packaging
Replies: 2
Views: 781

labels and packaging

always hunting through old adverts and books and have been collecting 19th century labels, most resources are in a few good books, but are there any good online sources for research? have been looking at victorian tobacco labels which arent the most popular of things but seem to have limited mention...
by madjon
Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: traders links
Replies: 1
Views: 591

traders links

looking for bits on the net i went to the traders section in links, apart from the sex shop the matrix and a lot of other stuff i wasnt looking for i found a lot of the links dont work, time for an update of links in there?
by madjon
Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: lamp fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 946

mullein also known as witchs taper, found some interesting bits on it, also smoked for its medicinal qualitiesapparently whatever they may be, so now i know what it is , which bit and any reccomended technique?

http://altnature.com/gallery/mullein.htm
by madjon
Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:27 am
Forum: General History
Topic: cacti
Replies: 2
Views: 534

i knew someone here would know the answer as i sat there pondering it, was wondering if it would have been a curiousity brought back on the early crossings and apparently it was, now have the answer to another of lifes little questions. :)
by madjon
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: cacti
Replies: 2
Views: 534

cacti

while sat down i was contemplating the cactus, when did this plant become imported to the uk? was it with the botanists of the 1700's? it certainly would have made a curious plant for a display, but when did the keeping of cacti in the uk start? or is it one of those questions lost to time?
by madjon
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: lamp fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 946

what is mullin? and where does it grow?
by madjon
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: lamp fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 946

dipped rushes rings a bell somewhere, typed in roman oil lamps in google and got a link to the journal of chromatography and a jargon packed article which says olive oil with traces of animal fat were found in their sampled lamps. they did a lot of science type stuff to say to say that! wicks though...
by madjon
Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: lamp fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 946

lamp fuel

having recently acquired a few repro roman lamps have been thinking about fuels to use, olive oil burns ok is fairly cheap and smells nice, other fuels i have come across historically in lamps are ranging from whale blubber which is no longer available to clarified butter, any suggestions thoughts o...
by madjon
Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:02 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Franco-Prussian War
Replies: 15
Views: 3282

any news on the fpw? there was mention of putting up a web link?
by madjon
Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Pagans, Druids and Witches
Replies: 66
Views: 6573

dont see why romans cant do pagan rites mithraism,cult of mars/mercury etc offerings to the gods divination by entrails a lot of roman practice and ideas are available through ancient texts. depends on what you call pagan.
by madjon
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 1950

it could have been carried by two swallows? but a climate for growing coconuts would have to be fairly warm above 20C as an average have a reasonable rain fall and of course coconut trees. date palms on the other hand can grow in torquay, though if you look at climatic change over time you have to t...
by madjon
Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: cookbooks
Replies: 5
Views: 969

cookbooks

period cook books and recipes are great for coming up with ideas for meals to horrify friends and family exposed to your experiments in the kitchen but can lead to discovering for yourself some interesting recipes, have come across a few books of interest such as a book reprinted from an 1863 cookbo...
by madjon
Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: How do I find out what my grandfather did in WW2?
Replies: 4
Views: 2540

pre 1920 records are available at
http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/ ... ecords.htm

and post 1920 have to come from the mod who charge £25
http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/ ... t1920.htm#
by madjon
Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:27 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Home Defences -check out this link!
Replies: 2
Views: 512

the defence of britain projects information and surveys is available through archaeological resources for areas, so look at the sites and monuments record office for your area or as it is now being called the heritage environment record office in some places. lots of info if you dig in.
by madjon
Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: the real dads army
Replies: 5
Views: 786

a couple of excellent books have been published in the past few years on the home guard, there are a few i was looking through in blackwells books, the spanish veterans ran some of the home guard training courses early on , as they were imparting some stuff they learned fighting in spain. theres bee...
by madjon
Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what is the song?
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

i think thats the one, it was a while ago, havent found another record of it since which is a shame, but now have the words ,
by madjon
Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????
Replies: 50
Views: 6097

there would be reasonable interest i should imagine but a two day would make it more economical / worthwhile for travel , for period costume there is a wide number of people, people also tend to forget that costuming is an important part of lh/reenactment. so an event looking at the materials throug...
by madjon
Mon Feb 20, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Umbrella repair
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

bring your parasoles they may be large they may be small, we will fix them all with what we call a thingumy jig. sorry couldnt resist it, :wink:

www.james-smith.co.uk/
by madjon
Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what is the song?
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

one of my favourites is telling people who ask about the two ladies lilli and marlene who worked under the lamplight :wink: good song but its a bit later than the one im thinking of.
by madjon
Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what is the song?
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

it was just a long shot someone might know, all i can remember is about this lass who someone liked and it involved gas light in the title and one of those rather shrillish victorian formal voices. not much to go on im afraid.
by madjon
Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:45 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what is the song?
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

what is the song?

have been trying to remember an old song for a week now and it is starting to bug me i think its probably a late victorian one. its about a lass and has the line my(name?) of the gaslight in it, its not much to go on and i havent heard it since playing an ancient gramaphone record which is unfortuna...
by madjon
Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Axis Forces Re-enactment Association
Replies: 26
Views: 2817

groups in plymouth for ww2 , german are the 5th fallschirmjaeger and allied are the 2nd devons, kit would probably be a about £2or£300 to start with, not including side or long arms, have a look at bjs militaria on the barbican for bits of kit if interested , there are lots of groups in the southwes...
by madjon
Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:44 am
Forum: General History
Topic: My Timelines
Replies: 3
Views: 779

timelines are very dependant on what byou are looking at, for a firearms display 1860s snider enfield , cartridge gun 1870-1890 martini henry 1890 bolt action rifles, long lee 1907 lee enfield mk111 1940s semo/automatics. the use of ? anything or the period can vary depending on what aspect or piece...
by madjon
Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Ideas for victorian 'forensics'
Replies: 3
Views: 950

could include the new materials created by science, a flash of powder and a fizzle of the 'new' smokeless powder used in guns, leaves less evidence, no cloud of smoke no distinctive sulphur smell , cartridge guns revolutionised armed crime, a talk on surgery with bone saws and medical wotnots goes d...
by madjon
Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: army numbering
Replies: 1
Views: 589

as i recall it was a victorian idea for equipment inspection and identification, certainly in place by the 1880s, although the numbering system was different then. have a look at the pfs website http://www.palmerstonforts.org.uk/index.php they have a photo of a victorian kit layout, as i seem to rec...
by madjon
Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pagans, Druids and Witches
Replies: 66
Views: 6573

mr blair passed his law and the police follow up complaints , its a very vague terminology in the bill which causes more problems than it solves but something to be aware of in case of the odd one who crys foul.as far as i can tell its arbitrary and decided by the police,im sure most people can deal...

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