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by Dathi
Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk fabrics
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

Silk fabrics

Having a had a fairly good trawl on here and not finding a firm answer I thought I'd ask. I'm looking at silk for a both a lining and an outer fabric for mid 17th Century but I'm pretty aware that dupion is out. What would people use? I'm also looking at the silk/other mixes like chamlet but there's...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sergeant's Sashes
Replies: 20
Views: 5610

Re: Sergeant's Sashes

*Leaps into the fray, fresh from the Isle of Man* Well, it was vague on purpose, although I'm ECW in my re-enactment period, I simply meant pre-1727, as I said in the original question. There was no time constraint because I wanted to know how far back the wearing of a scarf to denote rank went. Th...
by Dathi
Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sergeant's Sashes
Replies: 20
Views: 5610

Re: Sergeant's Sashes

Discovered this.... http://wiki.umd.edu/psidney/index.php?title=Plate_24 Look at the Captain and lieutenant. Only the Captain wears a sash, not the Lieutenant. http://wiki.umd.edu/psidney/index.php?title=Plate_5 shows a lieutenant and ensign both without sashes http://wiki.umd.edu/psidney/index.php?...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4562

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

So. We have a load of pictures that are dated mid 16th Century with a "look" that would normally be described as 15th Century peasant at a rural level. The peasant wedding is interesting,as there is one single figure dressed in mid 16th Century style seated on the far right in a sea of ful...
by Dathi
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4562

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

So that 's a mix of late 15th century, turn of the century and mid 16th century. The coat looks too short for a "Waffen rock" or a Tudor Jacket and more like the sort of thing seen earlier.. I've seen this in in later pictures where Gentry are depicted in a mixture of fashions such as this...
by Dathi
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7728

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.........! Not knowing Muddyevil very well and, to be honest, finding it prone to lots of armour that frankly rattles like a tinkers wagon in a breeze I do...
by Dathi
Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4562

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

The painting is dated late 16th Century. The kneeling figure is very 15th Century, maybe about a 100 years earlier than the rest of the picture..?
by Dathi
Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sergeant's Sashes
Replies: 20
Views: 5610

Re: Sergeant's Sashes

Another point I uncovered in one of Mark Fissel's books. The employment history of some of the old veterans is pretty much Private soldier - transfer - Sergeant - transfer - Ensign/Lieutenant and upwards
by Dathi
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4562

The Relief of Leiden 1574

Just stumbled across this picture of the Relief of Leiden, dated about 1574 http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/images/aria/sk/z/sk-a-3911.z Look at the kneeling figure in the bottom left corner. What do other people think he's wearing ? As I see baggy, parti coloured full leg hose with a robe/tunic thing as ...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sergeant's Sashes
Replies: 20
Views: 5610

Re: Sergeant's Sashes

There was no Commissioned Offficer/Non Commissioned Officer divide. Except that some had commissions. Which surely is a divide? I'm somewhat at a loss here. We have a fair few Commissions signed by various people (Lord Fairfax, Charles I, Marquis of Newcastle, Robert, Earl of Essex and more) down t...
by Dathi
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Sergeant's Sashes
Replies: 20
Views: 5610

Re: Sergeant's Sashes

Remember that quite late into the 17th Century the Sargeant was an officer. There was no clear gap between the Captian, Lieutenant, Ensign, Sargeant and Drummers. They were all counted as officers in muster lists. There was no Commissioned Offficer/Non Commissioned Officer divide.
by Dathi
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Brrrr it's a bit cold out there...
Replies: 8
Views: 3511

Re: Brrrr it's a bit cold out there...

I'd forgotten this one.... The attack on Leeds in January 1643 by Sir Thomas Fairfax has some interesting pointers to weather conditions and just how hard these b'terds were. The Parliamentarian forces under Fairfax formed up on the moors overlooking Leeds on the road from Wakefield but were forced ...
by Dathi
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Raw edges
Replies: 7
Views: 3375

Re: Raw edges

Raw edges on uniforms coats in the main, runs up to crimean period, and in many examples cases beyond to the 1900's. It's not specific to the uniform or rank, but to the quality and tightness of the weaving. ... I have in my own collection a mint un-nissue 1913 drummer boys tunic which is still raw...
by Dathi
Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7964

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

Yep, Gloucestershire contains Bristol, at that time. I've not found anything on coats issued in Gloucestershire locally so colours remain directly unknown. The only source therefore is the letters from the Privy Council to the Counties ordering the leving of men. Gloucestershire get hit for 60 men i...
by Dathi
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather
Replies: 5
Views: 1250

Re: Leather

Thank you one and all....Now to work out how many square feet of leather I need to make a jerkin!
by Dathi
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather
Replies: 5
Views: 1250

Leather

Possibly a question already answered but can anyone suggest a supplier of thin, fine leathers for a 17th Century Jerkin?
by Dathi
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sacks - What were they made of?
Replies: 16
Views: 4664

Re: Sacks - What were they made of?

I'd be wary of saying Sackcloth=sacks as I've come across sackcloth in Drapers Probate inventory from 1572 and 1578 and it turns up in Probate Inventories as the material used to describe a doublet from 1562 that I'm aware of.
by Dathi
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7964

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

Dan The armpit hole as shown was too small to actually allow movement with the arms! I can't find any difference in the cost or amount of cloth being used to clothe either soldiers or servants. Given that, I suspect that the same quality of cloth is being used to make a coat that's probably quite si...
by Dathi
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7964

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

Dan White Holmes fustian is unusual. The Lanacshire references are almost unique in saying white twice and mentioning fustian for Foot. Most references to fustian are for Light Horseman, as in Kent during the 1590's. Linen canvas is usually mentioned for doublets for Foot and I strongly suspect they...
by Dathi
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7964

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

Dan I'm the fool who spent a damm good few hours hunting all that stuff down and I have absolutely no idea what they mean by a coat in the style of Gascony! All I can find is a mention in Defining dress: dress as object, meaning, and identity on page 12 where they mention the Juppe or Gaskyn coat fo...
by Dathi
Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4969

Tuppence wrote:But good fabric isn't a new thing.

There have been companies around for well over a decade that will weave to archaeological specs.


Links? Pretty please..:-) BTW I'll try and remember to email you before the end of another year!
by Dathi
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Most recent cap reconstruction
Replies: 7
Views: 1834

New cap

Being a collector of odd caps...... :D
How much?
by Dathi
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

swords

Think I cracked it.

Books of rates for the custom duties for goods imported into the UK seem to have a habit of lumping Turkish or Venice or fine blades together.

I think it's the Hover syndrome, doesn't matter who makes it, you still call it a Hover.
by Dathi
Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

Swords

That was what I wondered at first. But curved blades just don't appear in what little pictorial evidence there is. The Lant Roll shows mostly 2 ring hilts on straight blades, along with the Images of Ireland. The few woodcuts that show English troops show straight blades. The few paintings that show...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

Horse

I keep being tempted by the Light Horseman, curat, headpiece, sleeves of mail, stave, brace of pistols, sword and dagger... Not that light! There is an interesting reference from Kent of buff hose and chamois leather breeches for a light Horseman in the 1590's I'm picking up a curat based on a Graz ...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

Petronal

The petronel is a bit odd. There's no statutory requirement to provide them but the Clergy, JP's and the like get stiffed to provide them. There's barely any references to their equipment, the only one I've found includes corslett, headpiece, sword and dagger and the petronal itself . Acts of the Pr...
by Dathi
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

Bandoliers

Phill

Not a drama, any querries on the Elizabethen solder, drop us a line....
by Dathi
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

charges

Spotted this in the Essex Record Office, Morant Manuscripts D/Y 2/3 p.133 "Qualiver, flaske, touche box, morian, moulde, swyrde and dagger, six charges, covered with leather, having a mandilion of blue cloth. " From August 1585 That's Calivers issued with a flask and touch box, bullet moul...
by Dathi
Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bandoliers of charge
Replies: 15
Views: 3720

Bandoliers

Phil I'm not convinced the bandolier is always being used. I've got references in Muster rolls for the Trained Bands in Hertfordshire for the late 1580's and into the 1590's where musket armed shot just have touchbox and flask. No mention of bandoliers at all. The you have the Lant Roll of Sir Phill...

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