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by Alan E
Wed Nov 09, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 11926

Or maybe just a fashionable miner (that's a sieve, right?) ... possibly, what do your instincts tell you about fashion and the dirty trades? . Well, my bro-in-law builds fireplaces (or used to); would wear his trendy gear whilst mixing cement and cutting brick and stone :roll: , so I guess there's ...
by Alan E
Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 11926

yes quite simple and as someone pointed out to me via email they are very fitted hose, which given the job might seem like a bit of artistic licence to show fashion perhaps. Or maybe just a fashionable miner (that's a sieve, right?) ... No, the scan is poor, it is merely a wrinkle in the cloth.. T@...
by Alan E
Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 11926

Take some ordinary footed hose, remove the lower part of the foot with the toes (and edge the result) - you'd have hose that can be worn over shoes. An interesting discovery of a way to wear/adapt footed hose I think.

And is that a fastening around the ankle ?
by Alan E
Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Joined or seperate hoes, and other questions.
Replies: 84
Views: 11926

For those who want to make hose that fit and stay together, Sarah Thursfield (authoress of 'The Medieval Tailor's Assistant') is running practical (weekend) courses on dress in the spring ... including 'All about hose' in February; I don't know if there are places still available.
by Alan E
Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooks & Eyes
Replies: 6
Views: 1965

I claim no knowledge whatsoever but one unprovenanced web source claims Italian 13th century. Janet Arnold thought they were just starting to replace points in England around the turn of the C17th. England may have been a backwater, but four centuries behind the times in a period where our court wa...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whores patches
Replies: 20
Views: 6948

Any evidence in the 15th or were they happy to be pock ridden!!! Nobody had sex in the C15th. It was banned by the church. So there was no social disease. And you just imagine you exist. 8) Can you verify that from three different and independant sources though ? If not, I don't see how you could p...
by Alan E
Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

Jorge, it was a correct challenge - the word is used loosely and needs defining (because of our modern assumptions of what a peasant was). It would be good to see a real small-farmer re-enacted, but those with the correct calluses are likely to be too busy working the land (OTOH I do know an ex-wood...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

I think I'll take up Nuclear Physics its less complecated :wink: Then as now it was knowing how to work the system, and get your guesses right - there were peasants who became v. rich and powerful, and landlords of both the first and second estate (including ArchBishops) who got it wrong and lost l...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

WhiteWolf wrote:mounted archers got 6d a day
foot archers were paid between 2d and 4d a day

WW 8)

yeah, that's why I wear riding boots, after all you can always acquire a horse, but your feet have to fit in the stirrups and the previous owner's boots may not fit.
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

So how would you fit ...... Lesser Knights (not Sirs) Richer esquires Lesser esquires and Merchants Into this three tier system? WW 8) Lesser knights are Sirs (hence 'Sir Knight'); a knight may well not be rich, but is always given a knighthood by someone else of that 'fraternity' (which is essenti...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

... what do you all mean by a peasant? ... WW's quote mentions men of craft, artisans/yeoman types people with a trade and or land ie a better and higher income than the mud munchers. If in our realm of re-enactment we are portraying the 'average' ie not mud grubbers then we must be the 'men of cra...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

A man after my own heart JC ... My own long boots are completely atypical for an archer of my period. I should be wearing short boots with clump sole (what's it called?) and hobnails, but who wants to walk across France (or anywhere further than the nearest house serving ale) ? My riding boots mean ...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

I like reading (and re-reading) some of the books about relationships between landlords and peasants - I'll try to put a short list together when I get home next if you like. I don't get the time to research primary sources, fortunately there are authors who do and publish for the mass (non-professi...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

...does this mean its ok to use? WW 8) "OK to use" would be ... ask your group (you were joining one, right ?) and look at your character ... How would he answer the question from the local official responsible for the Land-owner's warren, when he (probably surrounded by a group of hired heavies) s...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Question - 14c & 15c Pouches
Replies: 69
Views: 14764

people didnt stick to the laws any more than we do now, ie.. people poached game and wildlife back then, we still do now !. Dave. Yes, but they wouldn't flaunt the results on their own clothes, at least if they were traceable (which most people were, since most lived their lives in small communitie...
by Alan E
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:46 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Surgery stuff in Norfolk
Replies: 18
Views: 5544

Hey, if you can persuade David to allow you to show that at one of his shows, it'll be a huge draw !!
by Alan E
Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whores patches
Replies: 20
Views: 6948

Interesting that they were specifically associated with prostitutes and also a fashion item with toffs ! Like they're playing at being prostitutes (I s'pose some things stay the same then :roll: )
by Alan E
Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Whores patches
Replies: 20
Views: 6948

Zach Wylde an "intriguing" text. Whores wore decorative beauty spot patches made up of small patches of cloth to cover up sores on their faces which would otherwise detract from their ability to pull in the punters. Weren't beauty patches a general fashion thing in C18 anyway (worn at court etc) ? ...
by Alan E
Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Whores patches
Replies: 20
Views: 6948

Details escape me (references are miles away) but I believe there were various regulations in different towns concerning what whores had to wear: In some places their clothes had to be worn inside out (IIRC), in others striped hoods were required ... My guess is that this refers to such regulations,...
by Alan E
Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hats again :)
Replies: 39
Views: 8205

:lol: I've said it before: Plastic carrier bags went right out of fashion in late C20, there being absolutely no representation of them (either whole or shredded and blowing in the wind) on artists' illustrations of new shopping centres; :twisted: it remains a mystery what people of that era actuall...
by Alan E
Wed Jul 20, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hats again :)
Replies: 39
Views: 8205

Was oscilating between calling it a baby-walker and a go-kart -I wonder who definitively decided it was the one not the other (and what criteria they used) ! Myself I wear a hood, usually as a hat, but I'm still interested in finding someone selling coolie-style hats, as our show has a lot of standi...
by Alan E
Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hats again :)
Replies: 39
Views: 8205

Many thanks Your Grace

Most grateful yr worship ! So that's a natural and a black (!) 'coolie' style on two of the women (others wearing simple coifs and one a hooded cloak (?), and a low-rise round top for the men (one in natural and one possibly black). I've also seen reference (forget where though) to men in 'coolie' s...
by Alan E
Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hats again :)
Replies: 39
Views: 8205

Hats again :)

Quiet in here isn't it !

To repost a question I asked out on the noisy site (maybe that'll get things moving): Straw or sun-hats worn by field workers (and others ?) : What shapes are authentic?

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