Dixie wrote:The duexieme porte aigle pennent (the Red one) of the 62eme regiment d'ligne is in the museum as well. Not sure, 1 how the peenent is attached to the pole and 2 what the base of the pole looks like. Any chance that you can take a look and let me know or perhaps sneak a picture or two?
Grymm wrote:Have you seen the shakos in Dereham house, one has been tarred.
Grymm wrote:Apolloogies mi smell chequer is phuqed or me brane wuz onnafritz.....
That should read Dyrham House which is an NT property off the A46 nr Junc 18 of the M4. SN14 8ER for google maps or a satnav.
he has some trick for applying the tape that avoids the puckering on the front.
It looks very good.
Seems to have all the right elements and proportions correct.
Out of interest who's doing the shako plates for you, they look spot on with the 2 in them.
wurzul wrote:Just seen this. I think any Dyrham house caps have been transferred to Snowshill. The only shakos there now are mid C19th ones. On the subject of belgic caps, I was talking to Craig Armstrong (?) of the 33rd at Kelmarsh, and he impressed me enough to order one of his belgics, he has some trick for applying the tape that avoids the puckering on the front.
Plate looks very good. Probably correct, there were either roman or arabic and varied so much, even between regiments. There's both version for the 41st surviving in originals.
I wondered, as it didn't seem to be an added mumber from the picture, and looked to be a good match.
It's always good to see groups striving to improve quality and getting the small details right, even if it takes time. Too often 'good enough for now' seems to be where they settle for and don't work any futher forward.
Some of the plates we saw at Sandhurst had applied numbers or badges but usually in a different metal to the plate
John Waller wrote:Together perhaps we will start to rid the scene of the buckram and hobby-felt caps.
mel secker wrote:John Waller wrote:Together perhaps we will start to rid the scene of the buckram and hobby-felt caps.
yes you have done a fine job on your Belgic, however im not to sure about your comments on the above - we make felt shakos and buckram, we also have delighted customers of the said buckram caps from all over the world ! Mel. @ toadshakos.
mel secker wrote:Hello John, no i dont believe you were dissing my work directly, you were however having a pop at buckram based shakos, surely there is a place for these, at least in our experiance there is.
with regards our replicas, i dont ever recall claiming there was a provenance, if you check our home page on the site it tells you what is on offer and of the construction .
yes im sure you are quite correct - all or most shakos were one piece, again i dont recall ever saying different.
out of interest i can recall it is not that long since your group approached us about making their shakos ( from buckram ), they thought our price a little high , and we dont price match.
in defense of the buckram hat, i think you will find it a lot harder wearing, if made properly , therefore saving money for re-enactors.
with regards the so called original shakos for sale , yes i have seen them with seams around the crown ( wrong in my opinion ) .
Havercake Lad wrote:Best way to save money is to try get things right first time if possible....so a re-enactor is not faced with respending to improve an item ( plus it stops less accurate pieces being passed down or sold on and staying in re-enactment .)
Often some groups are unaware of accuracy of what they start with ( and feel cornered into declaring all their kit as ' totally authentic' ).
Good on you John for your work, researech and forum postings.
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