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by Merlon.
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question for the horsey types.
Replies: 14
Views: 4854

Re: A question for the horsey types.

Thank you Steenie. At the risk of teaching granma to suck eggs, bear in mind that the Imperial measures most people grew up with, and relate to, were only finalised in the Weights and Measures Act of 1824 . Prior to then measurements can vary significantly. I can comfirm that the peck in question wo...
by Merlon.
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question for the horsey types.
Replies: 14
Views: 4854

Re: A question for the horsey types.

There are four pecks to the bushel, The bushel is a special measure which can be both a volume and a weight according to circumstance. Noy only that, the bushel varies depending on what is being measured (and whether you are talking about heaped or stricken bushels). Per Elizabethan standards a bush...
by Merlon.
Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question for the horsey types.
Replies: 14
Views: 4854

A question for the horsey types.

I have been reading through the Acts of the Privy Council 1597 regarding the deployment of troops and stores to Ireland. There I found the following quote http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn129/Merlon_album/horsefeed1597.jpg A peck of oats I believe is 14 Lbs. Question is, is that a good, indiffer...
by Merlon.
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Logging
Replies: 14
Views: 3720

Re: Logging

The large chunks of wood we tend to put on fires are fairly modern in origin. In historical times all large logs would probably have use as timber first and firewood second, the waste from other processes would the firewood. As an example see Robin Wood's thread:- http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/v...
by Merlon.
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ensigns
Replies: 8
Views: 3732

Re: Ensigns

The caveat is still valid.. The quote could mean :-
a regiment with five blue colours
a regiment plus five -blue coated- companies.
The usual "it was obvious to them, but we don't know exactly what they meant" problem
by Merlon.
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ensigns
Replies: 8
Views: 3732

Re: Ensigns

A point to bear in mind is that in the Tudor State Papers the words ensign and company can be interchangeable. So it could be be a reference to the coat colour of his companies.
Sorry to muddy the issue.
by Merlon.
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1543

Re: Help

John Waller wrote:Did he use to do a bit of work for Dave at YHA? If so I think he may have been the chap who fixed my pistol.

Thats the guy
by Merlon.
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1543

Re: Help

I knew Martin when he lived in Halifax area. Nice guy, meant well, but would never meet a deadline. Took nearly two and a half years to delivery one pistol for a friend. Wife only got her stonebow for Xmas one year because some of my friend whose workshop he was uising continually nagged him to comp...
by Merlon.
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 3664

Re: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

Its not the first building found with bricked up animal remains in the UK Probably got over grown when abandoned rather than deliberately buried As the article states "The building also contains a 19th Century kitchen range, still in its original position." So still in use a long time afte...
by Merlon.
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Elizabethan ruff suppliers UK?
Replies: 10
Views: 4669

Re: Elizabethan ruff suppliers UK?

Vrouwe Morrigan wrote: Don't know if their in the UK

They are in Silverdale, Washington State on west coast of America
by Merlon.
Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing Leather
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

Re: Sewing Leather

The cuffs on the bottom of C17 breeches with ties through them exist on in the mind of reenactors Some breeches did have small bands at the bottom of them with closures such as buttons or hooks and eyes. The vast majority of breeches were loose around the knee, aids movement if nothing else. Garters...
by Merlon.
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing Leather
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

Re: Sewing Leather

Erm do you mean gaiters or garters.
Most garters I have seen for 17th century are either woollen or linen tape and go around the hose not the breeches.
by Merlon.
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: English volunteers 30 years war
Replies: 2
Views: 2171

Re: English volunteers 30 years war

Count Dohna, the Palatine envoy was the funds provider for the troops under the command of Vere. Vere was just the figurehead. Ernst, Graf von Mansfield (the Earl of Mansfield don't exist before 1776). Both of them were members of the Palatinate Nobility. In both cases the volunteers were shipped to...
by Merlon.
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Repro 17th C Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 4647

Re: Repro 17th C Chair

Very nice, but echo John's comment about the staining. Most of the darkness on museum pieces is due to yers of polish and dirt. The originals were quite light see Peter Follansbee Blog for details of what period piece look like when they are fresh
by Merlon.
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Z's and gravestones???
Replies: 9
Views: 4327

Re: Z's and gravestones???

The Z picture only refers to one, not two, item with the query "what is the name of the animal in the picture". Zebras come from Africa which was always referred to as the white mans grave at the time. Given the Victorian fascination with death probably the grave stones are a reference to ...
by Merlon.
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Butts Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 3554

Re: Butts Lane

Butt is quite a busy word according to the OED, the majority of the meanings refer to boundaries of one form or another A terminal point; a boundary-mark, esp. in phr. butts and bounds A mark for shooting One of the parallel divisions of a ploughed field contained between two parallel furrows, calle...
by Merlon.
Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: General History
Topic: How much yew wood, would you, as a woodchuck...
Replies: 12
Views: 4917

Re: How much yew wood, would you, as a woodchuck...

Here is the original legislation:- [To encourage the import of bowstaves.] Wherefore may it please your highness to consider the foregoing favourably and sympathetically, [and] for the protection and defence of this your said realm, and the prevention of vices and such idleness of your subjects of t...
by Merlon.
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sir William Brereton
Replies: 3
Views: 2984

Re: Sir William Brereton

A good start point for you would be The letter books of Sir William Brereton by RN Dore (The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire) 1984 & 1990 which you should be able to get through inter library loan You will not get any uniform details, as they are unknown for the vast majority of ECW un...
by Merlon.
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????
Replies: 50
Views: 11226

Re: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????

Shay if you had checked the user profile for Claudia you would see she has not visited the forum since April 2008......So indulging in Threadmancy would never achieve anything.

Lucy was trying to be helpful, there is no need to bite back.
by Merlon.
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4160

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

Per the OED:-
first written reference for secret as a term for armour appears in 1578, but then refers to a coat of mail hidden under outer clothing
skull cap or skoll first turms up in the literature in 1522
Coif as a armour term for a rigid cap rather than mail turns up around 1390
by Merlon.
Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Smoking !
Replies: 11
Views: 3046

Re: Smoking !

by Merlon.
Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bowl turners outfit :-)
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

Re: bowl turners outfit :-)

James le Turnour wrote:can you explain "CSG cossie"

Companie of St George Clothing Guide
http://www.companie-of-st-george.ch/cms/?q=en/Clothing_Guide_Download
by Merlon.
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Finland
Replies: 7
Views: 2930

Re: Medieval Finland

What is now called Finland was then regarded as a pagan wilderness where assorted Popes sanctioned the Northern Crusades. The three basic Osprey books to check out are:- Medieval Scandinavian Armies: 1100-1300 Pt. ISBN: 1841765051 Medieval Scandinavian Armies: 1300-1500 v. 2 ISBN: 1841765066 The Sca...
by Merlon.
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?
Replies: 8
Views: 4268

Re: Can anyone provide provenance for this image?

What are you attempting to prove or disprove?
English Colonists in New England had a right rag tag collection of military equipment sent out wiith them.
by Merlon.
Sun May 08, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: TWO J's
Replies: 8
Views: 2031

Re: TWO J's

Per cached version of their website on google: number is 0116 236 3514
by Merlon.
Mon May 02, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tanned Grey Squirrel Fur - useful content
Replies: 11
Views: 3022

Re: WTB Tanned Grey Squirrel Fur

Does anyone know where I would be able to buy tanned grey squirrel fur suitable for lining a 15th jacket with? Did you mean "15th Century jacket".....In which case grey squirrel would be totally wrong as a lining because the Grey Squirrel wasn't introduced into Britain, by the Victorians,...
by Merlon.
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sourcing Writing Slope + Writing Supplies
Replies: 8
Views: 2961

Re: WTB Writing Slope + Writing Supplies

Still trading http://www.griffenmillhandmadepaper.com, deliveries turn up for me :)
by Merlon.
Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Butchers- can you recommend any books?
Replies: 8
Views: 8543

Re: Butchers- can you recommend any books?

Hmm, lots of questions First thing where in England are we talking about? The best details available relate to the London area Lent: Unless you had specific authorisation or circumstances you were banned by National (i.e. not by-law) Law from consuming meat and fish during Lent. If found out you fac...
by Merlon.
Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Elizabethan or Jacobean groups
Replies: 19
Views: 15372

Re: Elizabethan or Jacobean groups

"The cut and construction of clothes for men and women c1560-1620" is the name of a book by Janet Arnold which is a definative work on surving costume of the period. It does not refer to dates for the clothing. shown The picture shown looks like 1580s venetians (a type of breeches) and 156...

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