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by Medicus Matt
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sign posts?
Replies: 2
Views: 1902

Re: Sign posts?

Roman milestones, 1st century AD any good to you? I think milestones remain the norm until the advent of Fingerposts. Don't know when that was but the oldest extant one is this one near Chipping Camden, dated 1669:- http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=File:Finger_Post_Chipping_Camden_...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Runic Ring?
Replies: 5
Views: 3453

Re: Runic Ring?

That's the Kingmoor ring, which is 9th or 10th C. There are quite a few Anglo Saxon rune rings which date to the 8th - 10th century. If the ring you've got is the 'Gibu auja' ring like the one sold by Jelling Dragon then the inscription itself is fine for 6th century as it turns up on a couple of br...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Illustrators wanted for Anglo Saxon stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 7120

Re: Illustrators wanted for Anglo Saxon stuff

[code][/code] Hi, thanks for your response. Unfortunately your link does not work. i am still looking for an illustrator. Yes it does, if you can bothered to type it in yourself. http://www.gsillustrator.co.uk Graham's Anglo-Saxon illustrations (like all of his work) are splendid.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Badon on site of the battle
Replies: 9
Views: 4814

Re: Badon on site of the battle

I rarelly delve in here but just a general 'well done Matt' for that weekend, it was jolly good, despite the dodgy weather and dodgier PA! Top notch event all round, some great kit on display and v happy punters. good numbers on the field too.... Awww, cheers Griff. We'll be doing it all again on A...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Another new Anglo Saxon scabbard and a seax
Replies: 0
Views: 4891

Another new Anglo Saxon scabbard and a seax

Finished this weekend. Both for my own use and, for once, I tried to put in as much time and effort into soomething for me as I do for paying customers, instead of the usual rushed, half-arsed job I normally do.
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by Medicus Matt
Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Migration Period scabbard.
Replies: 31
Views: 24143

Re: Migration Period scabbard.

A.J. Sefton wrote:Very, very impressed! Do you have a shop or website?


Nope, that would entail a degree of organisation and professionalism that I reserve for my 'proper' job.
I do have galleries of my work on Photobucket and Facebook if you're interested in seeing some more.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I get natural cotton?
Replies: 23
Views: 17555

Re: Where can I get natural cotton?

Tod wrote:I have several raw fleeces that I bought last year


Really? I can barely give the damned things away. Let me know next time you want some.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I get natural cotton?
Replies: 23
Views: 17555

Re: Where can I get natural cotton?

I can do you a binbag full of sheep fleece which will do the job AND make your head smell like mutton!
Yours for the cost of a bottle of claret.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 41783

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

Foxe wrote:5. If you have to justify it, it's probably wrong.


THIS.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A Fruggan (sp)?
Replies: 3
Views: 2538

Re: A Fruggan (sp)?

I think I've got one in the shed that we made on the forge at Chedworth. I'll have a look when I get home. If I have then it's yours for a bottle of claret.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking women on the battlefield....
Replies: 3
Views: 3159

Viking women on the battlefield....

From Harby in Denmark, came to light last year. Harby valkyrie.jpg Really nice find, not only for the unusual depiction of a woman armed with sword and shield but also for the clear depiction of a shield with a decorated face and applied rim. http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2013/01/07/valky...
by Medicus Matt
Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 5390

Re: Arming Caps - History

I think the jury is out on that still Matt? It's a bit flimsy for anything to help pad a helmet out I'd have thought, just being a knitted outer and thin felt inner? It certainly could fit under helmet although the peak would fold down and be a pain. What, this one? DuraArmingCapWorn.jpg James desc...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: New Anglo Saxon scabbard
Replies: 4
Views: 6588

Re: New Anglo Saxon scabbard

Then my work is done.
:wink:
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 5390

Re: Arming Caps - History

From what time period was the Arming cap worn by soldiers? For as long as they've been wearing close fitting metal helmets I would think. It wouldn't take long to realise that having nothing between your head and the metal leads to your skull shattering the first time you enounter somebody wielding...
by Medicus Matt
Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: New Anglo Saxon scabbard
Replies: 4
Views: 6588

New Anglo Saxon scabbard

Just sharing this as I'm rather pleased with the way it's turned out. Poplar core, cord work (in the most common 'Tiw' pattern), oak tanned leather (which should please Mr Griffin). Pyramids and foils (based on one of the foil fragments from the Staffordshire Hoard) by Dave Roper. The suspension sys...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbow Fibula
Replies: 3
Views: 2611

Re: Crossbow Fibula

Or you could just give it to the next Saxon that asks you for it.
You're going to give it to him eventually anyway.
:devil:
by Medicus Matt
Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Crossbow Fibula
Replies: 3
Views: 2611

Re: Crossbow Fibula

Having just taken on the persona of the Praefectus of a light cavalry Cuneus,Northern Britain,420 C.E,and,having just received a Silver "Crossbow Fibula",i was wondering,apart from the obvious (i.e cloak),is there any part of my kit where it could be pinned?,the only thing that springs to...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fitting Scabbard Lockets
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

Re: Fitting Scabbard Lockets

Looks to me like you put a metal plate on the back and rivit over the 'tines' onto it (effectively making it a big washer). Would this be on a wooden core, covered in leather? If so, does that mean you have to do all the peening before you assemble the core (meaning it's sticking through the unstit...
by Medicus Matt
Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Portable Hearth
Replies: 1
Views: 4285

Re: Portable Hearth

First one is not unlike the old wooden firebox full of sand that we (and pretty much everyone who'd ever been in Regia) used to use.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Late Roman Belt and scabbard
Replies: 11
Views: 9767

Re: Late Roman Belt and scabbard

Do you do the brass-work yourself and is it hot or cold worked? I always anneal the brass before doing any work on it, be it cutting, filing or forming. Otherwise everything takes twice as long and you run the risk of it cracking. I just heat to cherry and then quench in water. It is a lovely piece...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Late Roman Belt and scabbard
Replies: 11
Views: 9767

Re: Late Roman Belt and scabbard

Phil the Grips wrote:So not the double-aspect of the goddess Araldite? ;-)


Can't be doing with it. I've easily distracted when I'm working (cups of tea, interesting stuff outside, Radio 4 etc) so anything that has to be used quickly doesn't feature very highly on my list of useful items.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Late Roman Belt and scabbard
Replies: 11
Views: 9767

Re: Late Roman Belt and scabbard

chrisanson wrote:
so .............magik then?


Yes Chris, Keltykl Magik...each one blessed by the goddess herself.
by Medicus Matt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Late Roman Belt and scabbard
Replies: 11
Views: 9767

Re: Late Roman Belt and scabbard

For the top set, interference fit. The scabbard is slightly tapered, as are the fittings. As the weight of the whole thing is bourne by the upper fittings, security isn't an issue. The bottom set is tapered too but I put a couple of small brass panel pins into the back, through the fittings and into...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brass!
Replies: 15
Views: 4224

Re: Brass!

Here's a paper of analyses of early Saxon cruciform brooches. Some were decent brasses with high zinc, more were low zinc higher tin as you say: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/arch-769-1/dissemination/pdf/vol35/35_104_107.pdf I was going to say 'Cobblers' to Andy's statement ...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Why are Roman soldiers protrayed as being rugged?
Replies: 2
Views: 6110

Re: Why are Roman soldiers protrayed as being rugged?

however if my memory serves me right most Roman soldiers were lean as opposed to muscular Wow...how old are you? They didn't just march, they drilled, trained at the post, dug fortifications. When on the move, they dug a new fortlet every day, after a long days march and then backfilled it in the m...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brass!
Replies: 15
Views: 4224

Re: Brass!

I have a query about the use of brass in the medieval period. Many people in the reenactment world use brass objects for a whole range of uses: pins, rivets, buckles etc. However I have been told that 'no they didnt have brass as there wasnt a source of zinc'! Is this true? Its annoying as many fin...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Different Calendar in history
Replies: 6
Views: 2072

Re: Different Calendar in history

In the will of William Bunker (my 11 x Great grandfather) it's set down as:-
"ye last daye of September in the fyfte & vjth yeres of the raigne of oure Soveraigne Lord & Ladye Kynge Phillip & Quene Marye ye date of oure lord god 1558"
by Medicus Matt
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Old Sarum
Replies: 2
Views: 2563

Re: Old Sarum

Strange how small details come back to you... After the main battle on the second day, Mr Griffin, whilst giving a little bit of spiel, asked them to show their appreciation for my commentary with the introduction "We know him as...Matt...." Quality. Probably revenge for me telling them th...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!
Replies: 32
Views: 22089

Re: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!

There's an interesting recipie in the Mappae for making gold sealing wax that doesn't use any wax at all:-
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Red lead, arsenic sulphide and a caustic soda....nice.

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