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by Foxe
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Infantry Buff Coat
Replies: 137
Views: 50584

Re: ECW Infantry Buff Coat

Neibelungen wrote:Modern buff is cow hide while almost all early period buff would have been elk/reindeer. There's lots of complaints about the use of cow for cheap buff, especially in the early period.


Forgive my saying so, but this is a somewhat oxymoronic statement. I'm not sure I follow it.
by Foxe
Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Bone Spears
Replies: 4
Views: 2823

Bone Spears

Anybody like to hazard a guess (or just say if you know) what 'bone spears' means in 1595. They're placed in an inventory of ship's stores between rapiers, shirts of mail, black bills, and pikes, so I suspect them to be a weapon. They are about one third the value of 'halberds and partizans', but th...
by Foxe
Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger
Replies: 77
Views: 19713

Re: 1618-1648 sword or rapier hanger

Dathi wrote:That's an interesting painting as it shows both types of sword wear in user and that central figure has every sin the book there. A Musketer with a buff coats AND bucket top boots...:-)


Must be a dragoon then :devil:
by Foxe
Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fox tails
Replies: 20
Views: 3330

Re: Fox tails

guthrie wrote:... Add to that its occaisional use in images as an erotic motif...


Well that at least makes perfect sense 8-)
by Foxe
Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Photos of scrolls
Replies: 2
Views: 1755

Re: Photos of scrolls

What kind of primary source? You could start with Esquemelin's Buccaneers of America - Google Books link: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TLQOAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22buccaneers+of+America%22 For smaller primary sources you might have better luck with the various documents contained in J.F. Jameson (ed...
by Foxe
Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Zombies:A Hunter's Guide
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Re: Zombies:A Hunter's Guide

For a lovely minute there I thought Osprey had produced an illustrated history of the hunters of the undead. I've long fancied getting kit together for a Balkan vampire hunter of the 1690s...
by Foxe
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Man with a thatched roof on his head
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Re: Man with a thatched roof on his head

I get to work on the bestest commissions, there is something about knitting a man his very own cuddly pet monster/thached roof that really makes my day :D (Its really a thrum cap to go with a sixteenth century outfit, but any excuse to make Gareth model my sillier creations) :D :D :D There's nothin...
by Foxe
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Where to find a cittern?
Replies: 3
Views: 2268

Re: Where to find a cittern?

Thanks for the pointers. I may just add a cittern to my 'things to make' list, which means I might have one by 2032 or so.
by Foxe
Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 30 years war
Replies: 8
Views: 2758

Re: 30 years war

For a timeline basis have you considered Prince Rupert? Born 1619 Educated at home (literacy and numeracy required of officers was also taught at an increasing number of schools and didn't necessarily require a university eduation) Served in the 30 years war in the 1630s, gained distinction in the B...
by Foxe
Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Where to find a cittern?
Replies: 3
Views: 2268

Where to find a cittern?

Apart from the very beautiful and elegant Morillo citterns which seem to be very freely available on the market, are there any other recommended or suggested palces to find citterns (of the historic variety, not the modern type)? I rather fancy one, but I'm not ready to invest over a thousand in an ...
by Foxe
Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: foxes brushes, rabbit skins hanging from baldrics
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Re: foxes brushes, rabbit skins hanging from baldrics

Dathi wrote:...the fox's tail was a symbol of greed, cunning and treachery, as well as lust and whoring.


Not just amongst the Greeks :wink: :devil:
by Foxe
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: foxes brushes, rabbit skins hanging from baldrics
Replies: 6
Views: 3468

Re: foxes brushes, rabbit skins hanging from baldrics

Surely everybody knows it's to attract the fleas away from one's body? :roll:
by Foxe
Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Piercings throughout history.
Replies: 11
Views: 3125

Re: Piercings throughout history.

As an aside, I've never been terribly happy about the "portable wealth" idea. An earring contains only a tiny amount of metal, that would be far more tradeable in coin form, and better stored in a purse than on display for every passing mugger to "case".
by Foxe
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Charles I and the Civil War
Replies: 26
Views: 4986

Re: Charles I and the Civil War

I don't think you need to be a postmodernist to argue that there's room for new and different viewpoints about the past. My real point was that without the occasional rewriting of history we'd still be stuck with 'Cavaliers' (who were wrong but wromantic) in floppy hats, and 'Roundheads' (right but ...
by Foxe
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Charles I and the Civil War
Replies: 26
Views: 4986

Re: Charles I and the Civil War

So is off the top of my head “commoner support” I have to ask is this some attempt to rewrite our Civil wars ? Ah, I missed this post first time round. What's wrong with trying to rewrite history? It's not immutable. If people didn't occasionally try to rewrite things then we'd still be stuck with ...
by Foxe
Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Charles I and the Civil War
Replies: 26
Views: 4986

Re: Charles I and the Civil War

'"Why did Parliament feel it had enough Commoner Support to execute the King?" Well, quite simply it didn't! About 80 MP's that were let through by Colonel Pride's soldiers were encouraged to vote for the Trial of the King. The majority of Members were arrested, barred from sitting, or ju...
by Foxe
Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Arms
Replies: 12
Views: 3820

Re: Arms

The Almain rivet in Winchester is in the Westgate Museum at the top end of the High Street, and just round the corner from the Winchester book shop. At least, it was last year. There's a pretty good collection of stuff for a small (and free) museum, including an estoc of which I have a repro, and th...
by Foxe
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Mercenary role
Replies: 38
Views: 13397

Re: ECW Mercenary role

For what it's worth, Captain Jan van Haesdonck commanded a squadron of seven privateers for the Royalists around 1645, manned with a mix of English and Flemish.
by Foxe
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: I may have asked this before...
Replies: 3
Views: 2392

I may have asked this before...

... but if I did then I've lost/forgotten the answer.

Does anyone know of a song, which was around in the 1720s, containing the line "Did you not promise that you would marry me?", or something akin to it?
by Foxe
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Proto-Mortuary and Basket Hilt pics (not for sale)
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: Proto-Mortuary and Basket Hilt pics (not for sale)

Apart from the nuts on the tangs the sword look pretty good to me. One of the things with the Armour Class swords (which I'll grant are very good indeed as far as combat ready swords go) is that they all look a little bit "industrial". For those of us whose focus is primarily living histor...
by Foxe
Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Proto-Mortuary and Basket Hilt pics (not for sale)
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: Proto-Mortuary and Basket Hilt pics (not for sale)

Very pretty indeed - why not for sale?
by Foxe
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7224

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

WARNING! RAMBLING WAFFLE APPROACHING. I, like Steve, and many other reenactors of my acquaintance, put a lot of effort into "getting it right". For any chosen portrayal I will gather as many contemporary pictures, and as much written evidence as possible. I will seek out archaeological rep...
by Foxe
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: The Relief of Leiden 1574
Replies: 9
Views: 4239

Re: The Relief of Leiden 1574

What a lovely picture...so many sailors! Anyway, how about the fellas first and third from left in this picture? http://www.artofdrink.com/img/DavidTenierstheYounger_1353E/tavern1.jpg Or this chap? http://www.essentialvermeer.com/dutch-painters/dutchimages_two/teniers.jpg Al wearing garments similar...
by Foxe
Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mrs F's new stays
Replies: 22
Views: 3698

Re: Mrs F's new stays

mine took twice that long and there's no emboridery on them! I hope you're not going to be putting a dress over them and hiding all that work!!! They're mostly going to live under a mantua (such is my understanding), so yup, some of it will be hidden, but the stomacher panel will be revealed in all...
by Foxe
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 18938

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

Lady Jane Rochester wrote:RLD - I was thinking swords and stuff rather than jelly or baby oil, but thanks for playing
:D


Mmmm... jelly baby oil...
by Foxe
Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Naval Re-enactment
Replies: 1
Views: 1664

Re: Naval Re-enactment

This may be the most unhelpful post in the history of the forum, but have you tried contacting them through their website?

http://hms.org.uk/
by Foxe
Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: a heart grater
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

Re: a heart grater

I think you're a pair of curs.
by Foxe
Wed May 05, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Are there any French 'Wars of Religion' groups?
Replies: 3
Views: 1701

Re: Are there any French 'Wars of Religion' groups?

Several years ago I had an enquiry about going over to Brittany to help the Huguenots against those mean old Papists. I have no recollection of what the group was called, and it was some time back, but they may still be running. I suspect M. Google might be your friend here.
by Foxe
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mrs F's new stays
Replies: 22
Views: 3698

Re: Mrs F's new stays

I ought to add, of course, that Mrs F. did all the work... I wasn't even allowed to help with the eyelets...
by Foxe
Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mrs F's new stays
Replies: 22
Views: 3698

Mrs F's new stays

Hand stitched, hand embroidered, reed boned... four months...

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