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by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.
Replies: 10
Views: 2396

Re: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.

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by Dave B
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.
Replies: 10
Views: 2396

Re: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.

Lots of excellent points there, and obviously there is more than one way to skin a cat. Obviously you can see examples where the lower rondel is covered, and where it is not. Reenactors all seem to have the former, so I preffered to do the latter for balance. I've certainly seen plenty of illustrati...
by Dave B
Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: stuff dangling from your belt
Replies: 20
Views: 5115

Re: stuff dangling from your belt

Everything but the kitchen sink? see here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_image.aspx?objectId=1361461&partId=1&searchText=bagpipes&searchTerm=bagpipes&orig=%2fresearch%2fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx&numPages=200&curr...
by Dave B
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.
Replies: 10
Views: 2396

15thC Rondel Dagger Sheaths.

In the off season i thought I'd make myself a nice sheath for my Rondel dagger, but I'm struggling to know exactly what it should look like. I've heard it stated that the 15thC sheaths tended to cover the lower rondel, and I've seen several pictures of ordinary(ish) people wearing them, but not good...
by Dave B
Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Rings on belts...
Replies: 14
Views: 3831

Re:

"how a man shall be armed" mentions this as being used for a dagger when in FULL harness in order for a quick draw. As you say they shouldn't be used for swords etc and not without leg harness I'm still not convinced that these rings were ever used just to have an unsheathed blade stuck t...
by Dave B
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4305

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

Indeed, I'm sure the word 'secret' has slipped into medieval reenactment from the english civil war - I blame the sealed knot. I do seem to remember a reference to 'hat of plate' or similar which sounded very much like the same animal
by Dave B
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4305

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

I guess though that we are before any standardisation of the language, which I guess starts with Caxton and does not really complete till the 18thC? Chaucer jokes about it in the reeves tale, but I rember reading that this may have been based on a business trip he took to the north as a younger man,...
by Dave B
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Origin of the term'secret'
Replies: 19
Views: 4305

Re: Origin of the term'secret'

Coif is a verb as well as a noun, to Coif is to cover with a hat or hood. from ( I believe) the latin coifa, meaning Hood. So I would say that potentialy the word Coif is any sort of under-hat, whether its a steel scullcap to be worn under a hat or hood, or the padded hat under a great bacinet, or t...
by Dave B
Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5992

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

Indeed, I work in construction, and there are two types of people who have the really serious accidents. One sort are men in thier late teens / early 20's. Either they just think they are immortal or no one has adiquately explained the risks. the other sort are men in thier 50's and 60's who've been...
by Dave B
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Greaves or the lack thereof, 1400s
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Re: Greaves or the lack thereof, 1400s

No, I don't think I've seen any. There are several pictures from the swiss illustrated chronicles ( Schilling the elder if I remember right) that look like it. but when you look closely they are knee length tassets.
by Dave B
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on lenses for period specs
Replies: 6
Views: 1005

Re: Advice on lenses for period specs

I thought that medieval glass that wasn't slightly green was very expensive because it needed very pure raw materials? or am I just repeating a reenactorism
by Dave B
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5992

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

A cross post here, typing at the same time as Fox, but I think we are saying the same thing more or less.... It's just the same as if you go to work on a building site - the employer sets the rules, maybe appoints a safety chap to check on them. you work to those rules or you don't bother. So if I g...
by Dave B
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5992

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

A couple of things. 1. Gloves. Nothing is going to protect you if the ramrod goes through your hand. However if you are holding the ramrod between your fingers and it goes off then a glove should give some protection against the friction of the ramrod going through them and the muzzle flash. on pole...
by Dave B
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5992

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

I did like the chap pouring blackpowder directly from an open pop bottle.
by Dave B
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mad people with handgonnes
Replies: 35
Views: 5992

Re: Mad people with handgonnes

The only thing interesting about the first to is that they were apparently made as 'how to' videos but look more like 'how not to'

The pig head one is interesting though. Can anyone tell what he is loaded with? I can't tell what language it is in.
by Dave B
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Secrets, Secretes, or hats of plate.
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Secrets, Secretes, or hats of plate.

Following on from a thread in 'buy and sell', I'm after a bit of help with my confusion. When medieval reenactors say 'secret' they generaly seem to mean one of these: http://www.getdressedforbattle.co.uk/acatalog/Ulf-HM-01a.jpg But sometimes they mean one of these http://img.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Dave B
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wood for Poleaxe
Replies: 8
Views: 1756

Re: Wood for Poleaxe

What part of the country are you in?
by Dave B
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Made to measure Secrete / secret / scullcap
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: WTB a made to measure Secrete / secret / scullcap

Definitely interested. In fact at that sort of price I might be interested in getting a couple for our lot, for water carriers and the like.

anyone got any pictures?

Dave.
by Dave B
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Made to measure Secrete / secret / scullcap
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Made to measure Secrete / secret / scullcap

I want one thats a nice close fit to the head to wear under a hat. It's for marshalling / gunning etc so it doesn't need a lot of padding room, it's only for stray shots. Nor does it want to be particularly pretty as it will probably have a hat over all the time. It does need to be nicely made and f...
by Dave B
Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Question: about pavise and battle axe.
Replies: 41
Views: 7937

Re: Question: about pavise and battle axe.

I dunno, the label in my new jeans says they are the same size I've been wearing since the 80's. But since I got them at christmas they seem a little tight, so perhaps labels can be wrong.
by Dave B
Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11080

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

Looks good, but not sure I should be the judge - I'm not always as good as I should be at these things. Anyway, lets sticky it for now, but leave it open and see if anyone else wants to comment. If it flies we'll have to discuss with other furum users whether it should be in the other forum areas. I...
by Dave B
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11080

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

i'm sorry but i find that a bit condescending Indeed, that was my first post. However I think that is mostly because it lacks a little in the way of introduction. I think it needs to say (paraphrasing) that there is a huge amount of knowledge and experience on the forums, and that if you want to ge...
by Dave B
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4214

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

"Fighting with the Quarterstaff A Modern Study of Renaissance Technique" by David Linholm ISBN 1-891448-36-6 Quite interesting and has some picture references too. Already on my desk. Dave, this might be of use to you: http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Staff Thanks for that, will have a look.
by Dave B
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4214

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

Thanks chaps. I'll certainly look up the Meyer stuff, I have a link to it online I think.

what's the date for that picture Phil?
by Dave B
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4214

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

From memory (and I could be wrong) that Meyer is the same weapon, but a different grip. more holding it in the middle and using both ends where Silver, swettenham and wilde are holding it near one end.

I know I won't find any medieval treateses, but was hoping to find some pictures.
by Dave B
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4214

Medieval Quarterstaff

I'm going to put together a pair of quarterstaffs. Probably not for any really good reason, except that they seem under-represented. I understand that coroners records suggest that they we one of the most common, or at least on of the most murderously effective civilian weapons, but we seem to rarel...
by Dave B
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2914

Re: Hoop and stave cannon

Thats a good price, I think I paid more for mine.
by Dave B
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoop and stave cannon
Replies: 12
Views: 2914

Re: Hoop and stave cannon

Thanks for the replys. I am allready on the look out for the book as it looks like a good source of information. If you are who I think you are (so to speak) in real life, then we have lots of freinds in common, so I'd be more than happy to loan you my copy for a month or two, if you can't find it ...
by Dave B
Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Edward III's Sword
Replies: 18
Views: 5347

Re: Edward III's Sword

Has anyone found the discussion 'on another forum'? just interested to see it, and google hasn't found it. I'm not a sword expert at all, but I've been looking at pictures of the thing, and it seems so obviously to be a bearing sword. it's huge, and it doesn't appear to be hollowgraound like the sma...

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