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by Foxe
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Z's and gravestones???
Replies: 9
Views: 4160

Re: Z's and gravestones???

Any chance of a picture?
by Foxe
Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help! How do i finish my thrummed cap?
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: Help! How do i finish my thrummed cap?

I've made several by using a rug-hook to attach the thrums (like making one of those furry rugs that were all the rage in the 80s). There's been some debate about the 'right' way to do it, but since we don't have an original to check against there has to be some educated speculation. Hat-makers tend...
by Foxe
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Brrrr it's a bit cold out there...
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

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

Clothing provided for sailors on an East India Company voyage to hunt for the North West Passage in 1602 consisted of: Leather breeches lined with lambskin Leather cassocks lined with lambskin Leather hoods lined with lambskin Leather gowns lined with frieze Mittens lined with lambskin Socks Hamburg...
by Foxe
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Royal Naval Division 1914-18?
Replies: 10
Views: 2661

Royal Naval Division 1914-18?

So, with the centenary fast approaching, I'm interested in getting in on the WW1 act, but as a salty dog/wet fish I'm mostly interested in 'Winston's little army'. Are there any groups portraying the Royal Naval Division of the period? Or failing that, would there be enough interest from others to m...
by Foxe
Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7617

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

From the OED: Blue-coat: 1. a. Formerly the dress of servants and the lower orders; hence of almoners and charity children. ?c1600 Distr. Emperor I. i. in Bullen O. Pl. III. 169 Thou that has worne thy selfe and a blewe coate To equall thryddbareness. 1628 EARLE Microcosm . liv. 117 His antient begi...
by Foxe
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)
Replies: 13
Views: 7617

Re: Clothing of the Bristol Trained Bands (1574)

Thought on the use of blue: a century later (1663) the clothing provided for sale to sailors in the RN included provision for blue or white shirts - what's interesting is that the blue shirts are significantly cheaper (3s 6d for a blue shirt, 5s for a hiwte, IIRC). I wonder how far the phrase 'blue ...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: tarot and medieval times
Replies: 18
Views: 4325

Re: tarot and medieval times

At the risk of sounding dogmatic, what's the evidence for that? I'm not arguing, just genuinely interested.
by Foxe
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: tarot and medieval times
Replies: 18
Views: 4325

Re: tarot and medieval times

When did tarot cards make the transition from a game to a divination device? AFAIK, in the 18thC they were still just used for playing cards (but I freely admit it's not something I've researched terribly deeply).

Any thoughts?
by Foxe
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Fabric covered helmets
Replies: 1
Views: 1462

Fabric covered helmets

I've seen examples of fabric covered helmets from the 15th/early 16th centuries. Anybody aware of the practice continuing into the later 16th-17th centuries? Any ideas on the kinds of fabric used?
by Foxe
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: "garandes," clay jars filled with inflammable liqu
Replies: 18
Views: 4637

FWIW Ned Ward wrote in the 1690s that sailors wouldn't touch rum if they could get brandy - rum was a landlubbery drink.

There is also an Osprey on the Great Siege, can't remember if it's any good...
by Foxe
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: A quick thought about officers.
Replies: 21
Views: 6763

Ah goody, the old 'officers' debate! My opinion, FWIW is that it depends entirely on whether the event is living history or arena/combat. In a battle reenactment I'd like to know that the chaps telling me what to do have the experience and knowledge to ensure a safe and enjoyable battle. At a living...
by Foxe
Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Wizards?
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Wizards?

In about 1750 an Act was passed against smuggling which, amongst other things, outlawed the wearing of 'any Wizard Mask or other disguise'.

Any ideas on what an 18thC wizard mask was like?
by Foxe
Tue May 26, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lulworth Pirate Pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 4427

Grand event indeed. A pleasure to see many old faces and meet some new ones.
by Foxe
Wed May 13, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 12502

Yar. Billy Orange landed almost literally on my doorstep (about 30 yards from my door) and the French landed a force at Teignmouth a dozen or so miles away in 1692, but there just isn't the scope for exploiting those events :(
by Foxe
Mon May 11, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 12502

Bonaventure do some maritime stuff from the late 17thC, and 17thCentury Life and Times I know do 1670s.

But yes, it's a much under-done period.
by Foxe
Fri May 08, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Spoon in a hat
Replies: 18
Views: 4930

Cat wrote:I tend to have a spoon in my hat so's I'm not sans spoon if offered food! I was told once that it is a symbol of rank ...can't remember what rank though.


It's probably less rank than keeping it in your shoe or codpiece...
by Foxe
Mon May 04, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Old boy-toys, new partnership.
Replies: 1
Views: 801

Old boy-toys, new partnership.

See the swivel gun on the front of the boat?
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It go BANG!
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by Foxe
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 16962

IIRC it was sent to me by the curator of Ramsgate Maritime Museum in response to a query I sent him.

It looks to me to be a little higher than your average shoe, but as I said, it's not the best picture.
by Foxe
Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Great Start Up debate
Replies: 42
Views: 16962

<Glancing nervously at my bank balance...>

Tod, have you seen this? A boot recovered from the wreck of HMS Stirling Castle (sank 1703), don't half look like a short lace up boot to me, albeit a crappy picture of one.

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by Foxe
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 1700s Furniture
Replies: 5
Views: 4027

And So To Bed wrote:History In The Making? I didn't realise they go that late. Wish I'd thought about it before TORM :roll:


I don't know if he does off-the-peg, but he certainly used to make just about anything if you asked nicely enough.
by Foxe
Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 1700s Furniture
Replies: 5
Views: 4027

You could do worse than talking to History in the Making
by Foxe
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: sailors shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 2663

Sorry to butt in so late on this, but I can't let "i know most of time would be bare foot" pass.

I'm afraid that's one of the most oft-repeated fallacies going. Seamen sometimes went barefoot for lack of shoes, but not if they could avoid it.
by Foxe
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: sailors shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 2663

Sorry to butt in so late on this, but I can't let "i know most of time would be bare foot" pass.

I'm afraid that's one of the most oft-repeated fallacies going. Seamen sometimes went barefoot for lack of shoes, but not if they could avoid it.
by Foxe
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Eh? Is this likely...
Replies: 21
Views: 3685

I suspect the describer of the first artefact had been reading too much Poe
by Foxe
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Lulworth and pirate events
Replies: 5
Views: 1973

That is by far the best of the many many editions of the "classic" work on piracy. If you only buy one edition, buy that one.
by Foxe
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Oudenaarde 1708-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 2705

(Had Chrissie ranting at the NA Ball about their turnout - which following on from the gunpowder mills is a fair comment) Orkneys were at RGM? :shock: Also, bear in mind that the War of the Doodah Succession went on well after 1708, so it's not like these will be the last anniversary events...
by Foxe
Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:04 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 50639

Somewhere in the back of my mind is a reference to the importation of leather (elk hide?) from Sweden to London for trained band buff coats, making of. That might explain the presence of buff coats on Swedish pikemen (and also point to the lack of relevance to NMA equipment).
by Foxe
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8072

Phil the Grips wrote:I was expecting that reaction from a skipper when I mention using pins ;)


Pleased to oblige :lol:
by Foxe
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8072

or half pike...or boarding axe...or tarred rope...or belaying pin etc etc. Aargh! not the belaying pin! As a boatswain I will skin anyone alive* who dares take an essential piece of ship's equipment off the vessel to fight with. In the event of being boarded I may permit the use of belaying pins in...
by Foxe
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bayonet Fighting [in re-enactment]
Replies: 55
Views: 8072

I suspect that the greatest obstacle (in the long term) to bayonet fighting is not safety but making it look good. Since the bayonet was primarily a thrusting weapon it would require a goodly amount of thought to come up with a "safe" fighting method, followed by a goodly amount of trainin...

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