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by Foxe
Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 12180

Talking about 'sexy'...methinks I have discovered a source of straw hats which can be turned into 'colonies-wear' tricornes at the 'flick of a brim...or three'. Believe it or not 'George' at ASDA make a nice, wide-brimmed hat in a very fine/flexible straw material (or is it a 'straw-like' material?...
by Foxe
Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Peter the Great Hat
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Being Sally's first (I believe) PtG hat customer, let me say it arrived today and I'm very pleased indeed. It will be available to view at various events throughout the following seasons, marred only by the ugly mug beneath it. Interesting question (and a bit of background): The PtG hat's history be...
by Foxe
Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirates Stuff and such.......
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

One of the quite distinctive things about sailors' jackets of the 18th century was a long buttoned cuff reaching almost to the elbow, enabling them to roll them up. Is that what you're thinking of?
by Foxe
Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirates Stuff and such.......
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

Oh yeah, there are occasional exceptions like Bart Roberts - but that's the point, they are exceptions. Hence my use of the word typical in my post. (Incidentally, primary source descriptions of Roberts' last outfit usually describe it as a waistcoat). For example, when the three crews of Thomas Coc...
by Foxe
Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirates Stuff and such.......
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

Bear in mind too that if you're looking for an authentic rather than Hollywood impression then a lot of things which seem right probably aren't. For example, there isn't a lot of justification for many pirates running round in justacorps/frock coats, so if you're looking to be typical it's better to...
by Foxe
Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirates Stuff and such.......
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

Reconstructing History have also recently started a line of off-the-peg clothing, including sailors' gear, for the golden age of piracy era. And all sorts of other useful goodies, as well as their excellent pattern line.

http://www.reconstructinghistory.com
by Foxe
Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Paul Chen/ Hanwei practical basket hilt broadsword
Replies: 8
Views: 2135

Hanwei swords are great for "light" sparring, but they're not what I'd call battle safe. I've probably seen more break than any other maker, and after a good bout or two the blades are wickedly nicked. Sooo, it depends one what use you're going to put it to. If you're going to spar in a ge...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: A little ditty
Replies: 2
Views: 915

Those Gosport birds are a bit odd in the head and rough as old boots, but apparently they get some things right :lol:
by Foxe
Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knit like a pirate!
Replies: 8
Views: 1383

Or at least tell a long story about it...
by Foxe
Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Reenacting superstitions
Replies: 78
Views: 11553

Reenacting superstitions

It strikes me that in our attempts to portray life of the past we overlook or gloss over a lot. Religion is hardly ever explored as deeply as it merits for example, probably because to really understand the religious arguments of the past requires a detailed research which few have the time or resou...
by Foxe
Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Newspapers
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Thanks Mark. :)

I really should have said that I'm looking mostly for stuff 1670-1730, but up to 1750ish is good too.
by Foxe
Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:14 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Newspapers
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Fantastic, thankyou. Any more?
by Foxe
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:39 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Newspapers
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Newspapers

Does anyone know of any online resources with either readable images or transcripts of period news-sheets and papers. I'm looking particularly for the adverts and notices rather than siginificant articles, but it's all of interest. Apologies for the double post, I'm putting this in 1603-1715 as well.
by Foxe
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:38 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Newspapers
Replies: 1
Views: 1097

Newspapers

Does anyone know of any online resources with either readable images or transcripts of period news-sheets and papers. I'm looking particularly for the adverts and notices rather than siginificant articles, but it's all of interest. Apologies for the double post, I'm putting this in 1715-1810 as well.
by Foxe
Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for Pyrate coats
Replies: 7
Views: 1207

Yup, if you want to go for naf Hollywood gear then there's a million and one places to go, but if you want to do it right then go to Reconstructing History. If you're new to the era and do want to do it right then you also need to bear in mind that 75% of the ideas usually associated with "pira...
by Foxe
Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Hey boys up we go
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Tamsin, if you have the time that would be fantastic, and much appreciated!
by Foxe
Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 3764

I'm currently making an unlined woollen coat loosely based on one in the Manchester Costume Gallery. Without all that lining and interlining it's very cool, ideal for warm weather events.

(Apologies for coming in to this so late.)
by Foxe
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Hey boys up we go
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Hey boys up we go

Is there anyone lovely enough to be able to provide me with the music for "Hey Boys Up We Go"? I believe it's in a Playford... or some other 17thC tune book.
by Foxe
Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Buttons
Replies: 2
Views: 776

Buttons

Anyone out there who could make a limited run of pewter or brass buttons from a photograph at a reasonable price?
by Foxe
Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: odd 16th Century Hat
Replies: 22
Views: 1529

The musket locks being on the wrong side is probably an artistic license thing - the swords are on the right side. In a way this rather proves the point: a good picture was more important to the artist than an accurate one. Hat shaped helmets do turn up occasionally - Bradshaw had something like one...
by Foxe
Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: odd 16th Century Hat
Replies: 22
Views: 1529

There's a lot of detail in the costumes (I've not seen the pleaty skirts on the Irish doublet waists before) and in the plants. The Derricke prints are notorious for their innaccuracy of the Irish costume. You've hit the nail on the head - a lot of the stuff in them you won't see anywhere else, not...
by Foxe
Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Why do pike pushes?
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

Excellent! Can you fire onions from it as well? (we found that an onion makes an excellent shot for a small bore cannon - you peel off enough layers until its a perfect fit then shoot it into the midle of Loch Lomond! - conveniently the event was on Lomond shores). Next time we do an appropriately ...
by Foxe
Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:05 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Why do pike pushes?
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

It has long been a dream of mine to build a replica of a 17thC four man submarine This could be because you are, in fact, barking mad, even more so than most re-enactors. I didn't realise we'd met... :lol: Principally, I must admit, it's the "that'd be a laugh" factor which makes me so keen. Oh no....
by Foxe
Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Do we expect to much?
Replies: 43
Views: 6187

I've read the first few and the last few posts of this thread and skimmed through the rest so apologies if this has been covered. I was in a group once (now defunct alas) who had an excellent system of kitting out newbies. Complete kit could be borrowed for the first event, and people who showed an ...
by Foxe
Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Why do pike pushes?
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

It has long been a dream of mine to build a replica of a 17thC four man submarine, the designs for which I came across some years back. The principal problem with it was that it wouldn't work.

Maybe after I've finished the 16thC diving bell and the WWII Cockle.
by Foxe
Tue May 09, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bill armed men
Replies: 9
Views: 1874

This may be of limited relevance, dealing as it does with seamen rather than soldiers, but "Gunners' Stores for Selected Ships, January 22 1655" (PRO WO 47/3) includes some interesting stuff, which I will excerpt: For a first rate ship (in this case, crew of 600 men) the small arms included: 200 mat...
by Foxe
Tue May 09, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 7056

Cat wrote:The snooty expression on the face came from the dual fact that I knew I looked the dogs doodahs, and that I wasn't wearing any underwear. At all.


Now you know my secret :wink:
by Foxe
Sun May 07, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to improve battles?
Replies: 313
Views: 40097

At one small skirmish I took part in some years ago at Pendennis I had the joy of being allowed to volunteer to be the guy who took the nasty Norman horseman out of the saddle with a dane-axe. b**ger me but it looked great, and the public roared for the plucky little Saxon. However, that one piece o...
by Foxe
Sun May 07, 2006 6:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century working clothes
Replies: 22
Views: 3220

Moose-Abuse wrote:AWI privateers were one of the ideas we had but hanging off of rigging and throwing grenades into holds sounds a bit dangerous to me.


Coward!
by Foxe
Thu May 04, 2006 9:03 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Bill armed men
Replies: 9
Views: 1874

I seem to recall the gunners at Lichfield being issued with polearms (Osprey book?)

I also have this sneaking feeling that the Mendlesham armoury, which was in use until at least the civil war, contains some short polearms. Could be wrong about this though.

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