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by Merlon.
Tue May 26, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor pottery plate
Replies: 3
Views: 2861

Re: Tudor pottery plate

When I watch 'Tales from the Green Valley' I always fix on the black-glazed, wheel-thrown pottery plates they use. I know they are recreating the 17th century, but I wondered where they got the evidence from for that. The colour of pottery is not primarily a historical feature, its more a regional ...
by Merlon.
Thu May 21, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoe Care
Replies: 18
Views: 2870

Thrud wrote:Neats Foot oil is a good leather treatment as well.


But if the wax has worn away from the linen threads, Neats Foot oil has a nasty habit of rotting the threads and your shoes fall apart...
by Merlon.
Sat May 16, 2009 9:29 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: time team earlier today
Replies: 4
Views: 1744

They show up for me on a Google search....
by Merlon.
Sat May 16, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: time team earlier today
Replies: 4
Views: 1744

it was one of a set of five, which were on the walls of Cowdray house in Midhurst, Sussex. Luckily waterclour copies of them were made in the period up to 1775 as the house was mostly destroyed in a fire in 1793
by Merlon.
Thu May 07, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Percussion fowling firearm
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

Alexander John Forsyth invented the percussion cap in 1805 and built the first fowling piece to use it.
The Invention was patented by him in 1807, in June 1808 the Forsyth Patent Gun Company was formed to make firearms with locks on Forsyth's principle.
by Merlon.
Tue May 05, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Prices of everyday objects
Replies: 2
Views: 2046

Early 17th Century Prices and Wages Stuart Press ISBN-10: 185804006X will give you some details If you have access to JSTOR:- Chronicon Pretiosum Snathense; or Lists of Prices of Various Kinds of Agricultural Produce, and of Other Articles, in the Ecclesiastical Peculiar of Snaith, in the West Ridi...
by Merlon.
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for a UK supplier of venetian red wool fabric
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Not being in a red regiment myself, I've never looked for the colour. I would imagine you could try http://www.abimelech.co.uk/ . As the cloth was only dyed in 25 yard lengths, there would be sufficient colour variance for you to choose almost any sensible red. Madder will give from a deep red to al...
by Merlon.
Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for a UK supplier of venetian red wool fabric
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

First of all you need to choose what you mean by "Venetian red" -usually refers to a specific bluish red oxide, although variations range from violet reds to yellowish ones. Interestingly the first reference to Ventetian Red as a colour is in 1753 (per the OED). The reason the the NMA red ...
by Merlon.
Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: linen shirt
Replies: 10
Views: 2148

Re: shirt

sewmaid wrote:to be worn under a doublet style coat.


There is either a doublet or a coat they are entirely separate items, there is no such thing as a doublet style coat. Sorry
by Merlon.
Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: linen shirt
Replies: 10
Views: 2148

Calico is not used for shirts at this time, the few instances of its use are for sheets.
Establish exactly what the status of the individual is, middle to lower class is very vague. What exactly is the person or exhibit supposed to be doing?
by Merlon.
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:53 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Painted Cloth Wall Hangings?
Replies: 3
Views: 2997

A search on Google would bring you up the following examples http://www.owlpen.com/paintedcloths.shtml http://www.owlpen.com/paintedclothsessay.shtml http://www.tudorgroup.co.uk/index.html http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/2004/blakesley/reconapril.htm http://fr.cinoa.org/art-and-antiques/detail/3664...
by Merlon.
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: breeches
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

Someone like Sally would be better placed to advise you on the technicalities of a navy colour cloth. It would exist in this time frame Why are you thinking of navy though? If you are following the "Puritan role model (which is a faith range as broad as the Anglican Church today is), then very ...
by Merlon.
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 11657

Do we know that the modern pigeon holing of the word to [almost] exclusively mean a garment worn over armour is also it's period usage? Per the OED jupon 1. A close-fitting tunic or doublet; esp. one worn by knights under the hauberk, sometimes of thick stuff and padded; later, a sleeveless surcoat...
by Merlon.
Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: breeches
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

First point is there is no such thing as "plain style puritan costume", it is a modern fictious label which does not represent anything at the time. Dependant of the status of the individual breeches can be made out of linen, fustian, leather, silk and wool. Wool covers a multitude of type...
by Merlon.
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 2621

Depends what is meant by Cavalier. The types of clothing worn by Parliamentarians and Royalists were indistinguishable at any given social level. I assume high status clothing is meant. If you do an image search on Google on "english civil war portraits" and ignore 99% of the pictures of r...
by Merlon.
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What do you eat off
Replies: 24
Views: 3869

Not my period at all. But if the Retinue represents anyone of status surely they won't be eating off wooden trenchers. My naive thought would be plates your nearest pottery reference section per http://www.medievalpottery.org.uk/refcoll.htm is:- Archaeology Section, The Potteries Museum and Art Gall...
by Merlon.
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 2621

casssock - no coat - no (being generous it could be an overly long soldier's coat) doublet - no justacorp - no Though it sounds harsh its a shapeless sack, sorry to have to say that. The falling band (collar) and cuffs are Hollywood or Victorian portrait style. The concept that Puritans wore black s...
by Merlon.
Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Military Lace
Replies: 13
Views: 2611

http://www.handembroidery.com/
http://www.wyedean.com/
Likely to be minimum order quanties, unless you buy a standard stock item
by Merlon.
Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: crossword clue
Replies: 10
Views: 2246

Bodice?
by Merlon.
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: tart cases..casings
Replies: 5
Views: 2559

Pastry coffins appear to be the way
http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13146&start
In particular the post by Hraefn Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:51 pm for the youtube videos
by Merlon.
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: diagrams, recreations and/or maps of ECW defences_fortificat
Replies: 7
Views: 2260

If you have an ATHENS logon you may be able to access EEBO which will let you read the period fortifications manuals which might be of interest
by Merlon.
Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: diagrams, recreations and/or maps of ECW defences_fortificat
Replies: 7
Views: 2260

Good start points would be Newark On Trent The Civil War Siegeworks (Paperback) Publisher: Hmso (1 Jan 1964) ASIN: B001QYLGUM 1 copy currently on Amazon Destruction in the English Civil Wars (Illustrated History Paperbacks) Stephen Porter ISBN-10: 0750915854 The archaeological reports on the Chester...
by Merlon.
Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing Etuis
Replies: 8
Views: 2159

If its any use OED states:- etui, etwee A small case, usually ornamental, for small articles, as bodkins, needles, toothpicks, etc.; formerly also a case for surgical instruments. 1611 FLORIO, Astuccio, an estuife, a pocket cace or little sheath with cizers, bodkin, penknife..in it. Stucchio, an est...
by Merlon.
Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Tattoos
Replies: 22
Views: 12199

OED shows Tattoo as:- Forms: 8 tat(t)aow, 8-9 tattow, tatoo, 9 tatto, tatu, 8- tattoo. a. The act or practice of tattooing the skin (see TATTOO v.2); the mark or design made by tattooing. [1769 COOK Jrnl. 1st Voy. July (1893) 93 Both sexes paint their Bodys, Tattow, as it is called in their Language...
by Merlon.
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Buzzard Cake
Replies: 5
Views: 5126

A search on Google indicates its some form of meat pie, no details but it described as:-

"that weird species of meat pie known as "Buzzard cake?" "

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6lYVAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA23
by Merlon.
Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Strykland Muster Roll 1459
Replies: 48
Views: 8282

1457 to 1543 spans from the possible high watermark of medieval organisation through into the organisational turmoil of the later part of Henry VIII's reign. Significant changes in troop types and equipment, shifts in tactical use of troops. The initial changes to troops being raised on a hundred or...
by Merlon.
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 'Munitions' armour/weapons
Replies: 28
Views: 4594

The Landeszeughaus cannot be used to support any concept of medieval munition armour, although it started in the 15th century little of the early equipment has survived. The core of the collection spans 1610-1690, which a time period when the concept of munitions quality armour is well established.....
by Merlon.
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Sash my Royalist wore....
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

The colour of the scarf worn by officers was variable it could depend on the family colours of the armies leader, also personal taste as well as allegiance to a given cause. The wearing of the scarf is what marks an officer, their scarves being bigger than the basic ones worn by cavalrymen. Red is t...
by Merlon.
Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Upper class life in the 15th century - why bother?
Replies: 29
Views: 3566

no ISBN as I don't think ts on general sale but you can order an english edition via:-

http://www.kareldestoute.info/en/individueel_tentoonstelling_catalogus.html
Available from March 23rd 2009

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