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by guthrie
Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 13037

I think SCUM is a better acronym myself.....
by guthrie
Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is Asia good or Bad for Reenactment
Replies: 36
Views: 7579

Hhmmm, you looking for a figh... sorry, argument, scraggles? Naw, I cant be bothered.
by guthrie
Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is Asia good or Bad for Reenactment
Replies: 36
Views: 7579

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think that the idea that noticeably more people will get into re-enacting because its cheaper is wrong. How many of you out there nearly gave up simply because of the costs involved? Whilst it could be argued that cost of equipment during this period w...
by guthrie
Sun Oct 30, 2005 5:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is Asia good or Bad for Reenactment
Replies: 36
Views: 7579

I reckon that the biggest effect might be to stifle the East European manufacturers, by removing their major advantage over UK based people, i.e. lower cost. There will still be good quality UK people producing kit, and they will feel some pressure, but probably not dissappear altogether. Or at leas...
by guthrie
Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooks & Eyes
Replies: 6
Views: 2225

DAve Rushworths "Handbook of later medieval mens dress" says that hooks and eyes were used as fastenings. So that would be about the 15th century. Since is a wee pamphlet rather than a book theres no references, but I have generally found Dave to be reliable.
by guthrie
Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

We dont. But the simple point is that much of it is accessible from Scotland far more than Norway, and we seem to have a claim to it, even if it is in international waters. Then a study surfaced suggesting that Scotland would have had a nice suprplus from the oil that it could claim, so, you have no...
by guthrie
Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The evolution of tunics to doublets and related issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

Thanks gwen. I shall have a look for those books.
by guthrie
Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: just starting the ball rolling
Replies: 3
Views: 3514

I think its because Bronze survives quite well, and also they were burying people in large mounds with said weaponry. Whereas iron has just rusted away. THen theres the whole thing about rapiers or cutting bronze swords, that seems to have kept some people busy for years.
by guthrie
Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The evolution of tunics to doublets and related issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

13 doublets lasted until August, yet one now can last for 35 years?
INteresting information, thanks everyone.
by guthrie
Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Grenadier's Bearskin Cap
Replies: 8
Views: 3905

A silly question- why did they come up with the idea of wearing great big furry hats anyway? Surely the insulative value was low, and although they would be good for making the wearer look tall, they would be impracticable on manouvres. Or is it only a parade thing?
by guthrie
Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

Ahhh but Dave, the point about the tartan is the romance and historical attachement. THen nowadays it is as much a badge of allegiance, even if you have no family connections. Mind you, when even the FBI has a tartan, I would suggest things are out of hand. But then thats the sign that something is ...
by guthrie
Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

I'm not looking for conetntious, I'm looking for sensible. Anyway, if the gvt hadnt lied to us about North sea oil it seems we probably could have been independent decades ago, and then the money wouldnt have gone to pay for 3.5 million unemployed. I would suggest instead that what it shows is natio...
by guthrie
Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

I like asking hard questions. Asking the right questions is really hard. Does anyone disagree with my diagnosis of the popularity of the kilt?
by guthrie
Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

Its kind of hard to explain, but basically the current kilt outfit is based upon definite ancestry, albeit much of it refined in an artistic sense, from actual working ancestors. Then, what happened was cultural, rather than fashionable, if you see what I mean. It was taken up as a national dress by...
by guthrie
Sun Oct 02, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English National Costume?
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

An England footie shirt?

I cant think of anything else. Just about every bit of "English" clothing has only been really common amongst part of the population and as far as I am aware they all lack a certain unifying ideal like you have with kilts up here.
by guthrie
Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The evolution of tunics to doublets and related issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

Its that individuality I think I am trying to get a handle on. Pictures only show so much, outer garments and not the under garments, etc. Does anyone have any idea how long a good piece of clothing could last? I imagine a pair of hose would be pretty far gone in a year, but a doublet could last 2 o...
by guthrie
Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The evolution of tunics to doublets and related issues
Replies: 11
Views: 2962

The evolution of tunics to doublets and related issues

I have a few questions and observations with regard to the evolution of tunics into doublets and other related upper body male attire. It has been sparked by reading books suchas the "the medieval tailors assistant" and my own observations of period pictures, as well as any other sources which prese...
by guthrie
Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Forge Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 3087

You can buy all these books, and more on Amazon, where I got them last christmas, just search for the author and title. Agricola mostly has industrial scale forges and suchlike, especially for dealing with ore. Theophilus is more for small scale metal working and glass making for churches, and there...
by guthrie
Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Newbie question - Medieval clothing
Replies: 22
Views: 6726

I have little to add, but a few quibbles with His Grace's post. Hose are not that hard ot make, and you can make a get away with able pair in your first go, if you have someone helping you who knows what they are doing. Which is where you, White wolf, would find joining a group a huge help in gettin...
by guthrie
Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: just starting the ball rolling
Replies: 3
Views: 3514

I'm not volunteering, but it would be interesting to see people trying to do Bronze age and iron age re-enacting. They did actually have textiles, nice big houses etc in the iron age anyhow. And horses, chariots, lots of fun stuff.
And Brochs. Brochs rock, literally and metaphorically.
by guthrie
Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: A long time for nothing to have happened
Replies: 7
Views: 2784

So presumably a decade of military dictatorship, the fall of a major dynasty, the foundation laying of modern science, some nasty plagues, the building of many nice buildings is not enough?