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by Dave B
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: earrings in the 15th century
Replies: 13
Views: 3210

Re: earrings in the 15th century

If the issue is simply that she doesn't want to take her earings out, she might just be better with one of the styles of female headcovering that covers all the hair and ears. It has the benefit of also covering any modern hairstyles.

http://www.larsdatter.com/frilled-veils.htm
by Dave B
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: earrings in the 15th century
Replies: 13
Views: 3210

Re: earrings in the 15th century

Yep, lots of pictures of Moors, Gypsies and arabic types wearing earings, but you dont seem to see them on english women, even on portraits of women with a lot of other jewelry.
by Dave B
Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5642

Re: Archery - Cock feathers in different colours ?

There are some more nice pictures of archers and thier equipment here:

http://www.larsdatter.com/archers.htm
by Dave B
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What to wear in the kitchen
Replies: 17
Views: 5098

Re: What to wear in the kitchen

And also ones that are big enough that they are just a single peice of fabric wrapped all the way round with the top corners tied together at the small of the back. There does not seem to be any particular pattern (from the number of sources available) on which was used for what except that maybe wo...
by Dave B
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What to wear in the kitchen
Replies: 17
Views: 5098

Re: What to wear in the kitchen

Maybe that's where the practice of having the tie up of the apron at the front comes from? Easier to get it undone...but then isn't there the danger of the loose tie ends getting in the fire? If you look at the pictures of aprons, you should see that most of them simply tuck into the belt. If it ig...
by Dave B
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards
Replies: 20
Views: 14404

Re: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards

They are very nice, but I'm not sure there was any such thing in the medieval period was there?
by Dave B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Where to start? UK Reenactment
Replies: 27
Views: 9485

Re: Where to start? UK Reenactment

A couple of brief thoughts. 1. You need to go to some events and do some training before you will really be able to work out whats going to work for you. Join a group, buy shoes, hose, shirt, doublet and hat, go to some events and help out and do some training, and it will all fall into place. I'd s...
by Dave B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Victorian kit on a budget?
Replies: 25
Views: 19759

Re: Victorian kit on a budget?

Looking at pictures of victorian men, other than at formal events they mixed colours, tweeds and checks in a pretty flamboyant way. By the way, if you want plain trousers, the cut of the fishtail back No.1 dress blues hasn't changed. I bought a pair on fleabay for about £18 and just unpicked the red...
by Dave B
Thu May 17, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What to wear in the kitchen
Replies: 17
Views: 5098

Re: What to wear in the kitchen

I had assumed that with access to plenty of dead animals, he would wear an apron of skin, ie leather Remember that although plenty of skins are available, the process of tanning was a long and specialist one. It's relatively easy to cure a skin into stiff rawhide, but if I understand it right makin...
by Dave B
Wed May 16, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 5617

Re: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills

Hobbitstomper wrote:Get “Highland Swordsmanship: Techniques of the Scottish Swordmasters” for McBane’s account of how he learned to fight. There is some stuff about waving swords about in there to.


Isn't McBane (writing in 1728 IIRC) 100 years or more too late for the Hayday of the Rievers though.
by Dave B
Wed May 16, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 5617

Re: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills

Perhaps there were a handful of (hand made) copies made which he could sell to his very wealthy clients as a reminder of what he had taught them. Of course I33 sort of stands alone as earliest surviving manuscript by nearly 100 years, but there are several from around 1400, and those certainly seem...
by Dave B
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Getting 'properly' into it
Replies: 36
Views: 8817

Re: Getting 'properly' into it

Indeed. We started our group with a bit of an interest in the high middle ages (although probably not a clear and defined idea of what we wanted to do except that it should involve swords). but then the only invites we got were for WOTR events, so I learned more about the period and then found that ...
by Dave B
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: medieval Costel ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4618

Re: medieval Costel ?

Yep, like I say, the one he made for Louise is lovely, but that was years back, not seen them on his stall or website since. I'll show you sometime.
by Dave B
Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fabric leg armour.
Replies: 14
Views: 2992

Fabric leg armour.

What do people know about fabric leg armour for the WOTR period. I've pretty much always faught in just hose and a jack, but after many years of this I've taken a lot of damage to the front of my shinbones, and would like some protection. I've got full plate legs, but I'd preffer not to use them as ...
by Dave B
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: medieval Costel ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4618

Re: medieval Costel ?

Excellent information. My wife and I have three. One Leather one made by Tod. Another leather one made by the other Tod (of Tods stuff) http://www.todsstuff.co.uk/leather/leatherwork.htm I'd have to disagree with Tod's post above - I think other Todsstuff makes nice bottles too, but rather more expe...
by Dave B
Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2866

Re: 15th century small shot manufacture

My further research suggests that lead ball were very common, were used on ships, and the size is right - the common range is half inch to inch. They would be cast, as brass moulds and iron ladles are found inventoried with handguns in the medieval period, and because the water butt method has not y...
by Dave B
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2866

Re: 15th century small shot manufacture

You may want to try comparison with other finds already dated to the medieval period - the ones I can see at a quick glance look like they are cast in a 2 part mould.

http://finds.org.uk/database/search/results/objecttype/Shot/broadperiod/MEDIEVAL/
by Dave B
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2866

Re: 15th century small shot manufacture

Well from memory, the first part is definitely yes, because the word 'plomee' or various corruptions of it turn up in account books from pretty much the earliest days of firearms, 1350's or so. Plomee seems to mean lead ball. They weren't making them with shot towers, because thats about 1780, so I'...
by Dave B
Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Spear / Partizan boffers.
Replies: 5
Views: 3678

Re: Spear / Partizan boffers.

I nicked this Idea from the 1595 lot, who had about 20+ of them for a class they did for swash in 2010, you may not have seen it as I seem to remember that it was on sunday afternoon, so probably the same time as one or other tournament. It might be worth talking to Chris Chatfield, and seeing if he...
by Dave B
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Spear / Partizan boffers.
Replies: 5
Views: 3678

Re: Spear / Partizan boffers.

Oddly enough I discussed the same thing breifly with Rob Lovatt. The shafts hold up fine, However be aware that although they are wasters they are like shinai - very stiff on the thrust, and can still really hurt hands on the cut unless you have good gloves. The attaching of the weights to the end w...
by Dave B
Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: flail or ball and chain
Replies: 21
Views: 6010

Re: flail or ball and chain

I suspect that the whole Morning Star thing is a mistranslation thing anyway. I wonder if its to do with the Flemish mace the Goedendag, which people have previously assumed related to the modern Dutch for goodmorning, when it is generaly now though to come from a term for 'great dagger'
by Dave B
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: flail or ball and chain
Replies: 21
Views: 6010

Re: flail or ball and chain

I wish people would stop calling a flail a "morning star". The two things are completely different. Just out of interest, and this is a perfectly innocent question, why is that the case? I've seen both described as 'morning star' in books. As far as I am aware 'morning star' was not a med...
by Dave B
Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: flail or ball and chain
Replies: 21
Views: 6010

Re: flail or ball and chain

I can tell you from watching someone practice with these things that if you construct one using cricket balls, you should definitely also wear a cricket box....
by Dave B
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Broad brimed hats?
Replies: 13
Views: 3460

Re: Broad brimed hats?

Medicus Matt wrote:
Dave B wrote:Van eyck, 1834.


Bit late isn't it?
:wink:

And why is Richard O'Brien wearing Fox's hat?


Whoops, 1434.
by Dave B
Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Broad brimed hats?
Replies: 13
Views: 3460

Re: Broad brimed hats?

Van eyck, 1834.

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by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 5617

Re: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills

What sword school have you joined by the way?
by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 5617

Re: Archers and Border Reivers - Sword Fighting Skills

I was talking about this to a guy called Scott Brown, who was teaching I.33 at 'Fightcamp' just a couple of weeks ago. He was of the opinion that I.33 was all 'clever stuff', that it was written for people who were already skilled in the basic techniques of buckler fencing, and the manuscript was wr...
by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????
Replies: 50
Views: 11433

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

Nah, that's chris's job.
by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????
Replies: 50
Views: 11433

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

What a remarkable prat. Never mind.
by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.
Replies: 10
Views: 2395

Re: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.

Not as many as I would like, hence the requests for ideas. Obviously the detail of the attachment with the rings is taken from the link that Griff pasted, but the general shape is based on a number of extant sheaths in books / museum web sites, all of which fit close to the blade and flare over the ...

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