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by Bevis Gittens
Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sacks - What were they made of?
Replies: 16
Views: 5353

Re: Sacks - What were they made of?

Merlon. wrote:Do you mean hgistorical verification or places to buy it today?
Well historical sources really, but while you mention it where to buy it too would be good.

Thanks
by Bevis Gittens
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sacks - What were they made of?
Replies: 16
Views: 5353

Re: Sacks - What were they made of?

Merlon. wrote:Flax or nettle canvas
Sources? :D
by Bevis Gittens
Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sacks - What were they made of?
Replies: 16
Views: 5353

Sacks - What were they made of?

Might seem a silly question but sacks in the tudor time were obviously not made of hessian, this was not imported from India for another couple of centuries. I have seen sacks specifically listed in inventories which implies a certain value, i.e. not a throw away item like a modern plastic bag/sack ...
by Bevis Gittens
Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

There are a couple of US sites that give details fr making a C16th Wheelbarrow (they are collapsable too!) http://www.mastercharlesoakley.com/wheelbarrow.html http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg228/camarada_j/wheel77.jpg and http://www.bloodandsawdust.com/sca/barrow.html http://i249.photobucket.co...
by Bevis Gittens
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

In case anyone else is interested I forwarded the Marolois pictures to Tod and he quoted a spade would be £160 and a hoe £210.

Not cheap but you know the quality would be first class

Bevis
by Bevis Gittens
Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

Perfick! Thanks :D
by Bevis Gittens
Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

Whilst we are on the subject does anyone know of any online images of spades and shovels from the period. I have found http://www.btinternet.com/~stephen.henley/agricola/book6/book6-4.jpg from 'De Re Mettalica' (1556) that shows what appears to be an all metal blade shovel . The text that acompanies...
by Bevis Gittens
Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Re: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

Thanks Phil for the links matlus has some nice stuff, I don't think the spades are badly priced either - you could pay a similar price for a modern one!

Thanks again

James
by Bevis Gittens
Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Iron shod spades - where to buy them?
Replies: 11
Views: 5121

Iron shod spades - where to buy them?

Can anyone advice me of a good maker of 'authenti spades' - the iron shod wooden ones you see about?

Bevis
by Bevis Gittens
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monmouth cap patterns
Replies: 1
Views: 1376

Monmouth cap patterns

I have just done a brief search online for Monmouth cap knitting patterns and there are quite a few out there... so can anyone advice me on a good one? I have met a lady who hand spins her own fleece and knits too who is interested in making a cap for me.

thanks
Bevis
by Bevis Gittens
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 5753

Re: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

You are probably thinking "will this guy just shut up about Charcoal making", I promise this is my last post... for now :D Found a nice slide show of a heap being built at Dean Heritage Museum, Soudley in the Forest of Dean nice 'how to' animation - http://www.flickr.com/photos/birchamphouse/sets/72...
by Bevis Gittens
Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 8502

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

I was trawling Amazon the other day and saw "The Bluecoats: Clothing the Elizabethan Soldier 1572-1603" by David Evans. It looks like a small booklet (£4.00) and I have no idea if it is any good but might be of interest? Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluecoats-Clothing-Elizabethan-Soldier-157...
by Bevis Gittens
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor shaving kit - Who makes one?
Replies: 10
Views: 5068

Re: Tudor shaving kit - Who makes one?

Thanks for the replies it was Peter Crossman I was thinking of but, Toddstuff does a nice sharpening kit to go with a shaving kit so thanks for the lead

Beardless Bevis
by Bevis Gittens
Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor Bed blankets - what material were they?
Replies: 3
Views: 2534

Re: Tudor Bed blankets - what material were they?

Great, thanks that gives a lot of info. I think Historical Management Associates Ltd. (I.e. Sturt Peachey) sells woollen cottons that he says is "probably" like blankett... see http://www.stuart-hmaltd.com/historical_fabrics.php Looks like "harden sheets" and "coarse blanket cloth" for the lowly Cha...
by Bevis Gittens
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor shaving kit - Who makes one?
Replies: 10
Views: 5068

Tudor shaving kit - Who makes one?

Helllo, me again.... I am trying to remember where I saw a replica Tudor/Stuart shaving set for sale. Can anyone point me towards the supplier please?

B
by Bevis Gittens
Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor Bed blankets - what material were they?
Replies: 3
Views: 2534

Tudor Bed blankets - what material were they?

Does anyone know of a reference to the type of woolen cloth used for blankets on beds in the period? I was wondering if anyone knew of a specific example of using frieze, russet or some other weave? I have seen reference to 'blanketts' (often a pair of blankets) in inventories but never more detail....
by Bevis Gittens
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 5753

Re: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

I have since found a couple of places running courses in Charcoal Making: Weald and Downland Open air museum, Singleton - http://www.wealddown.co.uk/Courses/courses-countryside-skills.htm#introduction%20to%20charcoal%20burning and Bodfari Woodland skills centre - http://www.woodlandskillscentre.co.u...
by Bevis Gittens
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 5753

Re: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

Christabel wrote:oops, seems to be similar to one you've already listed! :doh:
Nevermind, thanks for looking anyway :thumbup:
by Bevis Gittens
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 5753

Re: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

I have found some nice photos of a charcoal heap at: http://www.brad.ac.uk/acad/archsci/depa ... evaulx.htm showing an experimental iron smelt at Rievaulx Abbey in 2002
by Bevis Gittens
Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making
Replies: 11
Views: 5753

Looking for sources about Early Modern Charcoal Making

I am trying to track down info on charcoal making in the early modern period. So far I have identified the following books as potentially useful: ‘The Pirotechnia’ by Vannoccio Biringuccio, has some interesting illustrations of sixteenth century charcoal making: http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg...
by Bevis Gittens
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Psalm singing
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

Re: Psalm singing

Great link thanks
by Bevis Gittens
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Psalm singing
Replies: 2
Views: 2068

Psalm singing

I have recently read that Psalm singing was popular in England from 1560 onwards. ''The Booke of Psalms' by Thomas Stenrhold, John Hopkins and others, had 78 known additions from 1560 to 1600 alone. I would love to learn a few to sing whilst doing my Tudor (and Stuart for that matter) re-enacting. I...
by Bevis Gittens
Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor Execution and Torture
Replies: 9
Views: 4612

Re: Tudor Execution and Torture

There was a chap at Kelmarsh this year who had a gibbet and corpse swinging in the breeze all weekend. I think he was portraying a medieval executioner. I didn't get a chance to see his display up close (mainly for the throngs of facinated kids :devil: ) but it looked good and suitable grizzly from ...