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by Merlon.
Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Thrift Craft By M Somerville
Replies: 4
Views: 2814

Re: Thrift Craft By M Somerville

Your Google fu is weak young Padawan Thrift craft
by Merlon.
Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Authentic Buff Gauntlets
Replies: 9
Views: 3780

Re: Authentic Buff Gauntlets

Do you have any evidence that musketeers wore gloves? I have fought musket for twenty five years and never needed gloves.
Buff gloves are items of armour, not utility wear for matrosses. You could pick a suitable pair of Gloves from the likes of two Js at TORM this weekend.
by Merlon.
Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Thrift Craft By M Somerville
Replies: 4
Views: 2814

Re: Thrift Craft By M Somerville

It was printed in 1943.
Its available as a scanned PDF on the Women Institute website, you can find the link via Google.
by Merlon.
Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Authentic Buff Gauntlets
Replies: 9
Views: 3780

Re: Authentic Buff Gauntlets

Yep, John is absolutely correct, no such thing as inexpensive and authentic.
Karl Robinson does superb work, the gloves with red cuffs in that picture are mine. He can make exactly what you want, provided its appropriate for your rank and status
by Merlon.
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pilgrims Routes in England
Replies: 7
Views: 2843

Re: Pilgrims Routes in England

Historically, routes tended to follow high ground to avoid problems present on lower ground in river valleys. Cynically, the current route was only created in 1987 and fully inaugurated in 2004. Whilst various public interest groups were consulted, it is quite possible that tourism interests played ...
by Merlon.
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cavalier Hat - by any other name...
Replies: 10
Views: 3090

Re: Cavalier Hat - by any other name...

Hats had different names based on their method of construction. They did not at this time have names based on their styles, that is a much later concept. At this time an individual hat maker might make a couple of thousand hats a year. Their hat blocks might differ from other makers in shape and for...
by Merlon.
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cavalier Hat - by any other name...
Replies: 10
Views: 3090

Re: Cavalier Hat - by any other name...

Senilis Pravus wrote:But it appears that many hats were made of beaver, with a variety of styles and names.

That’s correct. There is no such thing as a "Cavalier Hat" or "Puritan hat" both titles Victorianisms, both title wholly inaccurate.
All styles of hats were worn by both sides of the Civil War
by Merlon.
Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The King's War on Witches (Ch5)
Replies: 2
Views: 1597

Re: The King's War on Witches (Ch5)

Very well put together and thoughtfully researched.... So many innocent women burned to death.... Says it all really, proves its badlly researched Under the legislative changes brought under Elizabeth and James I witchcraft was classed as a felony and tried under Civil Law rather than Ecclesiastica...
by Merlon.
Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 68932

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Bit difficult to read those pictures, they are basically a repeat of the guidance contained in L139 which is the accepted code of practice issued by HSE for Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (MSER). You can find a copy at L139 sections 411 - 420 cover suitable means of storage f...
by Merlon.
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Post Spam Messages Here
Replies: 224
Views: 150071

Re: Post Spam Messages Here

Probably a reference to http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=30834 and others. The poster carolgreen270 has made several strange posts which suggest might be a bot
by Merlon.
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 68932

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Yep, thats exactly my understanding of the law. UN0014 for small arms ammunition (blank) is listed under schedule 1 of COER (not requireing a liscence) along with some pyros under 1kg, and under the 15kg limit in MSER. So there are requirements for safe storage but not for liscencing or registratio...
by Merlon.
Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 68932

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

Just to add a ray of simplicity; you no longer (from June 2012) need separate RCA documents for moving black powder; as it's all included in the explosives licence. Hurrah! Don't forget that only applies to COER certificates issued after that date, so some people will not have that luxury until 2017.
by Merlon.
Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 68932

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

I also have a sturdy wooden Army mortar round box (which could be padlocked). Would I be correct in believing that this is a good start for the storage/transportation of BP? That would not be acceptable under Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 (MSER) you can find a copy of the A...
by Merlon.
Sat May 26, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monks Robe's
Replies: 11
Views: 5153

Re: Monks Robe's

I think you would be very hard pressed to find a monk in 1642 England outside of the retinue of Queen Henrietta Maria.
The ones in her retinue were French....
by Merlon.
Thu May 03, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Felt Hat Blanks
Replies: 10
Views: 4731

Re: Felt Hat Blanks

no the site is working http://www.thetrimmingcompany.com/
by Merlon.
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: prices and wages
Replies: 6
Views: 2961

Re: prices and wages

In order that you may have an indication as to what and where to research, can I suggest two of J E Thorold Rogers magnus opuses "Six centuries of work and wages. The history of English labour" "A History of Agriculture and Prices in England from 1259 to 1793" These books are lik...
by Merlon.
Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 8477

Re: Arrow baskets

With regards to the bulk transport of arrows May 26. Tweedmouth. To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer, and to the chamberlains. Order to cause three tuns full of arrows to be bought and provided without delay, and to be brought and carried to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to be delivered to the keeper...
by Merlon.
Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Liquid storage for a Tudor coppicer
Replies: 8
Views: 5232

Re: Liquid storage for a Tudor coppicer

Best bet is either a leather or pot Costrel . Which kind of por would depend on your geographical location.
by Merlon.
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th C pliers
Replies: 12
Views: 3302

Re: 15th C pliers

His website is working fine for me.
by Merlon.
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Suede?
Replies: 4
Views: 2011

Re: Suede?

earliest reference I know of is 1859.
by Merlon.
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Pedlars
Replies: 9
Views: 7546

Re: Pedlars

Get a copy of
The Great Reclothing of Rural England: Petty Chapmen and Their Wares in the Seventeenth Century
Margaret Spufford
ISBN-10: 0907628478
Will give a lot of background information.
Distances covered are a lot further than you think.
by Merlon.
Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Just getting into WW1
Replies: 9
Views: 2789

Re: Just getting into WW1

Depending on when in the war you are intending to represent, Part one or Part two orders may very well require removal of the beard....
There is, of course the other point of wehether your beard is suitable to represent a Pioneer Sergeants beard
by Merlon.
Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Just getting into WW1
Replies: 9
Views: 2789

Re: Just getting into WW1

Beards don't sit to well with gas masks, death is an unfortunate side effect.....
by Merlon.
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13605

Re: ECW Mercenary role

i think you miss understood me I meant that the sk lifeguard where like that not that skippon really had a lifeguard anything like that Using an SK unit as a example is somewhat erroneous. As a Sergeant Major General of Parliamentary army, Skippon did indeed have small Lifeguard, separate from his ...
by Merlon.
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13605

Re: ECW Mercenary role

Skippon's life guard where meant to be dismounted cavalry they wore the same colours as the rest of the regiment just with ever so slightly posher doublets than the usual coats and had carbines so hardly Drastically different from the normal musket block just smaller Do you have any evidence to bac...
by Merlon.
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Cartridge Boxes?
Replies: 33
Views: 10920

Re: ECW Cartridge Boxes?

The Orrey statement is vague
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The only other mention of tin cartrdge boxes in the Mungeam papers is just as vague.
No known examples survive
by Merlon.
Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th century lead weights?
Replies: 2
Views: 2485

Re: 17th century lead weights?

By lead weight I assume you mean a weight for measuring other goods rather than just a lump of lead to be used for various purposes. Most Town or Guild weights were bronze bell like objects, with a small amount of lead added for fine tuning when they were compared against the statutory reference wei...
by Merlon.
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric and Patterns, 1790s-1800ish?
Replies: 10
Views: 2712

Re: Fabric and Patterns, 1790s-1800ish?

Assuming lighter weight materials are appropriate, (I'm not that sure myself, Dent wasn't a rich area.)
Try William Booth over in the States
http://www.wmboothdraper.com/Cotton_Prints/Cotton_Prints_Index.htm#Prints

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