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by m300572
Fri May 02, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Shoes?
Replies: 39
Views: 5780

but I studied "feet" at college and there's no way I would recommend putting them in soles in any re-enactemnt foot wear. Is that because of the hobs pushing on the feet in strange ways Tod - there are some interesting hobnailing patterns on some Roman shoe soles (not sure what the uppers...
by m300572
Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Shoes?
Replies: 39
Views: 5780

Tod is it possible to get the small hobs still - the first pair of authenti shoes I got had little hobnails, about 4mm across and roughly half spherical - not like the huge things that seem to be standard now.
by m300572
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Suppliers of Edwardian/Victorian packet food
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

Check with Biggar Museum Trust - they have strrets of period shops and might be able to let you make copies of some of the packets.
by m300572
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 1780-1810-HELP!
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

I don't know about the metal bashing trades (which I assume was largely what was based in Brum afaik) but the impact of mechanisation on the weaving industry in Lancashire was roughly as follows: Pre-mechanisation - industry home based, spinners and weavers often different members of one family, sma...
by m300572
Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Stanwick Fortifications
Replies: 10
Views: 4094

Silverclaws wrote: . A very fine shield, but way too heavy for the weakness of modern man. I'm not surprised! Dried Ash is at least 20% denser than lime. That's presumably why nobody made shields from it. Imagine it being nearly three/quarters of that weight? Does it become more usable then? The &q...
by m300572
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism
Replies: 19
Views: 4161

:lol:

Don't do that, its interesting, even for an archaeologist!!! Makes a change from looking at mud!
by m300572
Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism
Replies: 19
Views: 4161

Literary rather than archaeological Hobbitstomper - interesting on the Irish one though - most archaeologists would probably take the 24 shirts of waxed cotton (and do they actually mean cotton or is this an "easy" translation of a word that is untranslateable) as hyperbole (like a lot of ...
by m300572
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Child Burials.
Replies: 14
Views: 1760

I wouldn't neccessarily trust Francis Pryor with anything after the Later Bronze Age! Interesting statistic on the burial proportions -either children were being buried seperately or fewer of them died (as a percentage of population) in the earlier period. One of the East London Roman cemeteries I w...
by m300572
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gambesons - reality or reenactorism
Replies: 19
Views: 4161

I too fought in a mail shirt over a wool tunic about 20 years ago - having a huge shield (Iron Age or Roman Auxiliary) to lurk behind prevented too many direct hits but we all got a few bruises - the unarmoured possibly more that the mailed. If I was doing it now I would probably have a bit more pad...
by m300572
Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Field Surgery.
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Must be apocryphal Byron - it was definately Larrey in the version I heard. Designed a good ambulance though - that would be a good one for any of the French Napoleonics who could get a bit of cash together.
by m300572
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Field Surgery.
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

was renowned for his great speed and accuracy when performing amputation of injured limbs.



May be apocryphal but I have heard a tale of Larrey performing the fastest amputations ever recorded, removing two of his assistant's fingers at the same time!! :shock:
by m300572
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 5471

Try and get hold of Sylvia Landsberg's book on medieval gardens - she worked on the pottager for the Bayleaf house at Singleton (worth a visit, near Chichester )and has a lot of details on plants and a rotation scheme.
by m300572
Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Presents for Panzerman
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Should that not be "Tanks for the Memories" Steve.

Wonder how many more of these things are buried in Eastern Europe. I have read that the USSR had belts of border defences made up of obsolete tanks buried hull down.
by m300572
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Presents for Panzerman
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Presents for Panzerman

Found on the Britarch site: SOFIA (Reuters) - Nazi tanks, half-buried for decades along Bulgaria's south-eastern border as a Cold War defence against a NATO invasion, will be auctioned next week, military officials said on Thursday. The 97 rusty World War Two relics, which have lain forgotten since ...
by m300572
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rabbit fur colour?
Replies: 7
Views: 761

Back on the squirrel "hobby horse" again - to be pedantic, grey COLOURED squirrel skins were imported - the grey squirrel has a specific meaning today and couldn't have been imported until the colonisation of North America.
by m300572
Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 14704

Yep - linen (or wool) + grease = candle wick type material ultimately with person as the wax... We used to used borax when I was at college doing stuff with flames on stage. That and salt petre You can probably also use alum solution as a fire retardent - I was told (while working on an alum works ...
by m300572
Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Womens Trousers/slack/pants
Replies: 4
Views: 2223

Deb Lough (Tuppence) can probably advise - I'm sure she could even make you some!
by m300572
Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New interpretation of how Rus-vikings dressed
Replies: 20
Views: 2791

The weird reference to 'sweater' told me all I needed to know, really. :D Maybe they wore wellies as well. :D Only one grave, as others have said. Things would shift as the body rotted. Train might be a ceremonial thing but not an everyday. Pretty sure I've read references to beads being found circ...
by m300572
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mourning in the fifteenth century
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Start of by getting hold of The English Way of Death: The common funeral since 1450 by Julian Litten - there will be a bibliography in there that should give you more sources to explore.
by m300572
Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Eh? Is this likely...
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Corners (outside curves) or gullies (inside curves) - it'd work for gullies, a flat one should work for corners if applied carefully.
by m300572
Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: My turn to stick my head above the parapet
Replies: 16
Views: 1666

Mark Griffin wrote:are glowing eyes right for that period?


Only if you have to wait until its dark before you leave the crypt!! :lol:
by m300572
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 2850

Slightly difficult when you have two rooms full plus overspill - and that's just the costume business, not our personal clothes! That's why I was hoping for a different solution. But thanks for the suggestion anyway. S. I can see that as a problem - unless you can get access to a walk in freezer an...
by m300572
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 2850

On a rota system, put garments in to poly bags and deep freeze them. Kills the vermin without chemicals.
by m300572
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: My turn to stick my head above the parapet
Replies: 16
Views: 1666

The breeks are OK for petticoat breeches but i don't know when they came in and went out.
by m300572
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 2604

True - but there is always the one person/family at any event who keep you on your toes asking thoughtful and suitable questions. You will probably discover they are actully another re-enactor in disguise, or maybe an archeologist But I have been asked some very good questions in my time - to balan...
by m300572
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: 6th century AS sword guard and pommels
Replies: 47
Views: 5057

Not that I wish to incite a flame war between Work Monkey and Chrisanson


Why not - it entertains the rest of us. Give the boy a banana! :twisted:
by m300572
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Who Really beat Napoleon
Replies: 32
Views: 5630

Wellington (a fellow Irishman )


Being born in a stable does not necessarily make one a horse - to paraphrase Wellington! I don't think he would have thanked you for the comment!
by m300572
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval V necked gowns
Replies: 13
Views: 1210

Might make perfect sense to have an expensive kirtle and only show a small area of it - showed that you were so well off that you didn't have to show off the whole of your expensive item to demonstrate how well to do you were.
by m300572
Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Stonewall Jackson
Replies: 13
Views: 1426

Wim-Jaap wrote:
Malvoisin wrote:Hey come on guys, go easy on him.
He'll set his army on you... the one behind him... can you see it?.. well can you??


the one behind the hay bales? next to the castle right?

greenthings Wim-Jaap


You are a bad man Wim-Jaap! :lol:
by m300572
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Matches - lighting fires before their invention
Replies: 32
Views: 4014

Another method of firelighting before matches was to send a bloke in full plate out in a thunderstorm and have him running round in the open fields shouting "God's a Bastard" - the resulting lightning strike would cause ignition and your fires could be lit from that! :shock:

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