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by EnglishArcher
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a sleeve question - 15thC
Replies: 14
Views: 3277

Re: a sleeve question - 15thC

I guess a mixture of the two is best - allowing extra length (with mitten cuffs that shouldn't be a problem anyway...) and being generous with the pattern around the elbow.


That would be my choice.
by EnglishArcher
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a sleeve question - 15thC
Replies: 14
Views: 3277

Re: a sleeve question - 15thC

But have you seen it on women's clothing? to be fair, no; but then I'm hardly the last word on women's sleeve design. :D Another variation is to shape the sleeve on the body but leave space at the elbow for it to bend into. I find this works better than just adding length, because of the size diffe...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a sleeve question - 15thC
Replies: 14
Views: 3277

Re: a sleeve question - 15thC

The other option is to put a 'pre-bend' into the elbow. That is, make the sleeve in two parts, an upper and lower part, with the lower set at an angle to the upper. It's described in far better detail here: http://www.cottesimple.com/blois_and_sleeves/elbow_hinge/elbow_hinge.htm This is a more medie...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Provenance: Capped Sleeved Kirtles 15C
Replies: 19
Views: 3635

Re: Provenance: Capped Sleeved Kirtles 15C

Do the Devonshire hunting tapestries count as English? :? Well, they're probably Flemish in production, but we have no idea where the original cartoon came from. I can't find anything I'd call a 'capped' sleeve (whatever that really means!); and besides, the Devonshire tapestries are dated to somew...
by EnglishArcher
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden bead buttons
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Wooden bead buttons

What period is the doublet? I know of no precedence for wooden bead buttons before the mid 16th Century - and then the bead seems to have been used as a core for silk thread wrapping. I would personally stick to pewter or cloth buttons for earlier doublets; or even lacing (if you really want to stan...
by EnglishArcher
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 12267

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

I'm increasingly depressed by this conversation. [RANT] We're being driven ever closer to a dogmatic, unflexible viewpoint; a rule that is probably as inaccurately a re-enactorism as ignoring it completely. Let's forget all the pictorial evidence for a wide range of clothing variations, styles, num...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?
Replies: 10
Views: 4487

Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Renaissance wax works well on leather. It's what I use

http://www.picreator.co.uk/articles/3_r ... ce_wax.htm

Plantagenet shoes used to sell it in little ceramic pots so you could buff your shoes in public! :D
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor toys and games suppliers
Replies: 3
Views: 2485

Re: Tudor toys and games suppliers

Try also Gothic Green Oak:

http://www.gothicgreenoak.co.uk/
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4427

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

Dathi,

Do you have any 15th century images of similar coats to compare?
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4427

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

You do see a similar style of coat fairly frequently in Bruegel's work; which puts it in the 1560's. The man on the left: http://dalfar.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/bruegel_hunters_in_the_snow.jpg The man in grey, middle right; and the man in yellow middle-distance, left: http://www.mystudios.com/art...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4427

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

The round toed shoes (with what looks like heels), flat (felted?) cap and heavily-pleated coat all suggest the 16th Century. Although the cut of the coat certainly suggests late-15th/early-16th Century. The painting is showing the relief of the besieged Liedeners(?) and the artist may have been tryi...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7514

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

In answer to Englisharcher. The problem does sometimes lie in using sources correctly or having the knowledge of those sources in the first place.........! Absolutely! I think the ability to seek out, be critical of, and apply the information within, source information (whether primary canonical or...
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: reenacting warbow poundage
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Re: reenacting warbow poundage

English yew makes a fantastic bow up to about 65 - 70lb; which is fine for most archers. You can make heavier weight bows from it but it becomes increasingly difficult to find suitable wood. Alan Blackham's guide to bowmaking is very useful, as he works predominantly with ash and understands medieva...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: reenacting warbow poundage
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Re: reenacting warbow poundage

Sorry; I misunderstood your question. I used to have a self ash bow I shot on the field. It basically had the cambium layer stripped off, then shaped into a bow. It looked pretty substantial but only drew about 40lb. My wife has an English self-yew bow which only draws about 25lb! A nice bough-stave...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7514

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

I want to apologise for previous, rather aggressive post. As many of you will appreciate it's sometimes very frustrating to be so enthusiastic about a topic and yet see such ignore and lack of care being displayed. In future I'll try and express myself in less emotive, more moderate language. Sorry ...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7514

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

Let's face it: most re-enactors either don't care or are too cheap or lazy to put the effort in. It's not really that difficult to look at a painting or picture from your chosen period and ask "do I look like those people?" Nobody's demanding perfection; that's just not possible. But most ...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4427

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

I see the same thing. The hose appear to be gartered at the knee.

Is there some contention about his clothing, then?
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: reenacting warbow poundage
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Re: reenacting warbow poundage

yeah im not really planning on getting a flat bow, hopefully i'll be able to join a society i've been in touch with on saturday at kelmarsh, and i know how professional they are so im sure they will advise, just while im kicking my heels, i thought id knock up display bows, you know the sort that d...
by EnglishArcher
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7514

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

Do we do a good job recreating the past? I think we do an astonishingly bad job of recreating the past. 'Living History' is just about the worst phrase you can use to describe what we do. We apply our 21st filter to everything we recreate; and to be honest if we didn't the result would be abhorrent ...
by EnglishArcher
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2667

Re: When it's REALLY hot!

The walk was fantastic. We limited it to about 10 miles a day - which is plenty when walking on metalled roads with period shoes! - and kept wherever possible to footpaths and back roads. The public were very accommodating. The two guest houses we stayed in on the way were more interested than freak...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2667

Re: When it's REALLY hot!

KedlestonCraig wrote:
EnglishArcher wrote:Personally, it's too-prevailing a 21st Century mentality to walk around half-naked as a re-enactor.

we probably have more natural insulation to accommodate :wink:


Oh, I know I do! :worried:
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 19692

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

It also demonstrates that either:

a) 15thC French people were about 150ft tall or,

b) Mounted fighting in wendy houses was a common form of combat (possibly part of the tournee?)
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 19692

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

This one looks C15 rather than C14 and I know nothing of the context but here we go http://hiddentradition.abrahadabra.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/383px-medieval_women_as_warriors.jpg Well, there you go. Photographic proof. What more do you need? Anyway, women didn't fight on the battlefield, th...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: When it's REALLY hot!
Replies: 10
Views: 2667

Re: When it's REALLY hot!

The photos below were taken during our pilgrimage to Walsingham in May 2010. We walked in full medieval kit from Castle Acre to Walsingham on what was, until this weekend, the hottest of the year. Temperatures were approaching 30C at some points during the day. As you can see we are fully and proper...
by EnglishArcher
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Shooting targets: which sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Shooting targets: which sources?

That's why it's known as a Fowling head.

Nothing to do with horses, ropes or sails; despite pernicious rumours to the contrary :)
by EnglishArcher
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Shooting targets: which sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Shooting targets: which sources?

I think it may well be. I will check later and update. Don't think I can scan and post as copyright would be a concern but will get the details of what they have in there. Really just an advert for what I think is a book every mediaeval re-enactor should get hold of from their local library if not ...
by EnglishArcher
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Shooting targets: which sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: Shooting targets: which sources?

Mattehew Strickland and Robert Hardy's "The Great Warbow" is rapidly becoming my bible for everything military. It seems to have every illustration I have ever seen and a few more besides. There is an ilustration of the arrows with a bulbous wooden pile with a short (1/2") pin sticki...
by EnglishArcher
Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: washing in just water?
Replies: 14
Views: 2743

Re: washing in just water?

Dan,

The Cosmeston Manor archers have a somewhat unique, and rather particular view on what constitutes 'authentic' medieval living. You may find it doesn't always correlate with what others are doing; or with what the canonical sources suggest.
by EnglishArcher
Thu May 27, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.
Replies: 9
Views: 5093

Re: The Myth(?) of Detachable Sleeves in Elizabethan Doublets.

Hello , I have found a few images but I have no idea how to get them onto here it doesnt seem to be quick or simple ? I agree - it's a painful process to get images onto any forum. I use Photobucket (http://www.photobucket.com). It's free and it allows you to upload multiple images in one go. Unfor...
by EnglishArcher
Mon May 24, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Early 14th (edited!) century coat pattern or supplier
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: Early 13th century coat pattern or supplier

I haven't but my better half has but I need a picture or pattern. If you google "Bocksten tunic" or "Herjolfsnes tunic" you should find a sensible pattern. Here's a link to one, with pattern and pictures: http://www.dagorhir.com/gear/content/garb/bocksten_tunic.php I like this o...

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