17thc written materials

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17thc written materials

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Just a query, do any of you lot who do 17thc have a demand or need for good written materials, eg letters and lists, day to day stuff to add to the kit?

Likewise 18thc too.

Just wondering how those eras are catered for.
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I don't think there is any "commercial" production of written material for the 17th Century. At the moment those that want them create the letters themselves.
What there would be a need for is the account and day books, the creation of those is a massive project. Any officer and their clerk appears to have been drowning in paper.

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Thanks, very interesting, could you point me to some sources?

I am keen to expand my repertoire as a result of the odd enquiry over the last few months.
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All the following are out of print, you should be able to get them through inter library loan.

Letter Books of Sir William Brereton Author RN Dore (The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire) 2 Volumes

Committee at Stafford, 1643-45 Authors D.H. Pennington, Ivan Roots (Manchester University)

Accounts of the Parliamentary Garrisons of Great Chalfield and Malmesbury, 1645-1646. Edited by J. H. P. Pafford (Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society).

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Would this be hand written documents or printed matter like forms etc.?
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For printed material I use some the cheaper recycled papers which are not snow white and suitable font

For 17th C documents I use the JSL Ancient font which can be got from
http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/typograf.html

For 18th C printed documents the proper font would be Caslon.

There is a 18th C Renactor David Manthey who has a website at http://www.orbitals.com/self/history/index.html
There is a document on 18th C printijng at http://www.orbitals.com/self/ligature/ligature.htm
He's also created a period font at http://www.orbitals.com/programs/wyld.zip

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A nice mix on that website, I must admit I've never had a go at using ligatures.

OT The pattern for socks looks very useful as well.
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Mark, written materials, letters, accounts, receipts etc.

I use museum grade conservation paper, the stocks are reproduced to match era appropriate papers, ie differences in medieval/tudor papers to 17thc and 18thc; mesh sizes, compostion of the paper and then the emergence of wove papers in the very early 19thc.

The best thing about the paper - of all eras is the durability, long fibre length and alkaline buffered. £5 a sheet, approx 600mm X 500mm - or approximately 32pp of slightly bigger than A6 and slightly smaller than A5

I was curious to know if there was interest in the materials, I will be producing a few stock items, receipt notes, the odd letter for next TORM and on commission to trial them. In the meantime I willl work on some of the samples I find and post them for your perusal/comment.
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Yers, ok.
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There'd definitely be a demand for that.

Have seen a big variety of hands in the 17thC parish registers we use in our research. One in particular was strikingly 'modern' and luckily for me it was the precise page I needed, was just like looking down a shopping list - but have seen many more look more like medieval. And many inbetween! Just on the local things I've seen, it was interesting that they seem more diverse once you hit the 17thC.
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