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by Foxe
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Cartridge Boxes?
Replies: 33
Views: 10920

Re: ECW Cartridge Boxes?

Joolz, please don't use the A-word. Some of us ECW types get all twitchy. It's like saying Dark Ages or Chail Mail to a early medieval type. Dave Ryan once offered a bottle of scotch for the earliest reference using that word that predated the SK. It should be well matured by now. I once offered Da...
by Foxe
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Fisherman?
Replies: 10
Views: 3207

Re: Fisherman?

I'll reiterate, what period? There are also a handful of early-century images of fishermen floating around.
by Foxe
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: History Blogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 7164

Re: History Blogs?

I have recently started a blog to chronicle the process of getting kit together for Flodden 2013: http://admiralsmen.blogspot.com/
by Foxe
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: A celebration of old reenactment groups
Replies: 12
Views: 4189

Re: A celebration of old reenactment groups

I'll always have fond memories of Bevill Grenvile's regiment of the ECWS. A great bunch of people, many of whom are still friends long after our reenactment careers together ended. Fondest memories include the regiment's complete refusal to take anything too seriously, nights where rules were laid d...
by Foxe
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden arming swords
Replies: 1
Views: 2336

Flodden arming swords

I have a spare short(ish) blade that I'd like to re-hilt to go with my Flodden kit. I'm thinking about slightly drooped quillons and a single ring ideally, but open to suggestions. Does anyone have pics of anything suitable (say, 1490-1520)? (The next question will be, where can I get such a guard m...
by Foxe
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: New staymaker - shameless plug
Replies: 0
Views: 1088

New staymaker - shameless plug

<Moderators, I've scratched my head over where to put this, if I've got it wrong please accept my apologies and move it to the appropriate place> Many of you have commented favourably on Mrs F's stays which I have occasionally posted photos of here. She has decided to this year to branch out and mak...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

Re: 15th century small shot manufacture

Chris T wrote:From my fishing memories you need a lot larger lump of lead for wreck fishing than that!
The small, spherical fishing weights have a hole, which is a bit of a givaway.


I'm told that one of the examples found "shows signs of having been attached with wire to something".
by Foxe
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

Re: 15th century small shot manufacture

Thanks Dave, that's part one answered. I'm really looking for info on the manufacture of small-shot, specifically round lead shot of about 13mm diameter. A friend of a friend is excavating a 15th century shipwreck and has found some lead spheres which they reckon are shot and would like more info. I...
by Foxe
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: General History
Topic: 15th century small shot manufacture
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

15th century small shot manufacture

This isn't really my period, so I hope someone here can answer what is probably a fairly simple pair of questions:

Was lead used for small-arms ammunition in the 15th century?

If so, what was the usual method(s) of manufacturing lead shot?
by Foxe
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51123

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

PM'd you.
by Foxe
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51123

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Buff "armour" in 1565 “Item, three or foure complete harnesses that wil abide the shot of a handgun with 10. or 12. targets of steele, being good. Item, ten or twelue good shirts of male being very good or else none, that may abide the shot of an arrow, and two buffe ierkins.” (The thirde...
by Foxe
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Small armies which changed history
Replies: 21
Views: 5199

Re: Small armies which changed history

1565 Siege of Malta. Accepting the vagaries of period accounts, around 6-7,000 Christian troops, consisting of around 500 knights, a couple of thousand professional soldiers, and the rest Maltese militia, held out for three months or so against a Turkish army numbering in the region of 40,000 until ...
by Foxe
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ropes.
Replies: 18
Views: 7181

Re: Fids... for sailory, piratey types and people wot use ro

How did I miss this?! I'm unconvinced by the fid idea based on the photos in the OP. They're all far too blunt to be fids. I have gone through many Swedish fids over the years because they have a nasty tendency of bending at the point. Bone would eliminate this problem, but it shows just how much th...
by Foxe
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 13th century kit
Replies: 5
Views: 2366

13th century kit

Can anybody direct me to some kit resources for first half of the 13th century (circa 1220-1250ish). I'm looking for clothing, arms and armour, and 'general' kit. This is for a possible project which might be a one-off, but might blossom and be repeated, so I'm really looking for good, but also basi...
by Foxe
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Authentic Rope
Replies: 12
Views: 4358

Re: Authentic Rope

Some, most, or possibly all of the rope recovered from the Newport ship is not laid rope, but plaited.

Hemp is also a darn site less prone to rot than sisal, jute, or manilla but still needs to be dried carefully.
by Foxe
Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Butts Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 3462

Re: Butts Lane

The traditional distance between butts in a field is one furlong ('furrow-long'?) - 220 yards. Coincidently (or not), this is also the statute distance set for adult shooting in 1542. It's also conveniently measurable as it's ten surveyors' chains. FWIW, I used to live on a road called 'The Butts',...
by Foxe
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden event
Replies: 9
Views: 8028

Re: Flodden event

Thanks, I'll go check FB.
by Foxe
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Flodden event
Replies: 9
Views: 8028

Re: Flodden event

Any further news on this? I know two or three who are interested in showing the Scots what's what
by Foxe
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: How to stop nosey tourist.
Replies: 5
Views: 3409

Re: How to stop nosey tourist.

lucy the tudor wrote:We are not savages :angel:


Lucy, they're from the Isle of Wight. You might want to rethink...
by Foxe
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 18th century 'folk' songs
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

Re: 18th century 'folk' songs

From my researches (looking primarily at sea-songs) there doesn't seem to be the differentiation between 'work' songs and other songs that is partially evident later. Most of the songs I've found mentioned being sung/played on board ship pre-1750 can be found in song books like Pills to Purge (of wh...
by Foxe
Thu May 05, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Loathe to Depart
Replies: 2
Views: 2339

Re: Loathe to Depart

Remarkable! For any early 17thC song Ravenscroft is my first port of call - I must have missed it.

Thanks Tamsin :D
by Foxe
Wed May 04, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Loathe to Depart
Replies: 2
Views: 2339

Loathe to Depart

I'm fairly sure I haven't asked this one before...

Is anyone familiar with a song (and can point me towards words and music) called 'Loathe to depart', possibly around in the early 17th century?
by Foxe
Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Wanted pictures of early early Tudor helmets
Replies: 38
Views: 13152

Re: Wanted pictures of early early Tudor helmets

Andy R wrote:But then again, when I worked in Texas I was asked what language we spoke in England. :swear: that


I once got told by a septic that I spoke really good English for a European :roll:
by Foxe
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51123

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

It doesn't look ever so thick either, does it?
by Foxe
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 18th century tunes - new website
Replies: 16
Views: 6572

Re: 18th century tunes - new website

Awesome!

There is a copy of the score on one of the Pepys collection ballads (Rome's Doctor IIRC), but it's not actually the tune: it's a couple of lines from Lilliburlero, and a couple of lines of random notes, and it doesn't fit the metre of the song...
by Foxe
Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 18th century tunes - new website
Replies: 16
Views: 6572

Re: 18th century tunes - new website

Excellent stuff!

If you ever happen across the 'lost' tune of Two English Travellers I'll buy you a beer.
by Foxe
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Bone Spears
Replies: 4
Views: 2892

Re: Bone Spears

Possibly, but it was a purely military expedition so if they are harpoons then they're not for whales - if you see what I mean. I suspect that Phil is probably right, but I'm working from a transcript so can't check the original text. "Bore spear" would look a lot like "Bone spear&quo...
by Foxe
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What does the word "Alchemist" suggest to you?
Replies: 25
Views: 6104

Re: What does the word "Alchemist" suggest to you?

as a broad term without reference to any specific dateline, to me alchemist evokes the idea of a worker and experimenter in chemical compounds, distillation, medicines, perfumes and related compounds who is interested in demonstrable and repeatable experiments but who is also open to more esoteric ...
by Foxe
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 51123

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Ah, I see. What you meant was that almost all early period buff was supposed to be elk/reindeer, but that large quantities were, in fact, cow.

So, all other things being equal (thickness, tanning process etc), there's nothing inherently inauthentic about cow-buff.

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