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Fisherman?

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:01 pm
by Graham Ashford
Hi there

I wondered whether or not anyone might be able to help? I am trying to find information on the clothes worn by fisherman during this period, in particular along the south of England. I am primarily, due to early budget, after the standard weather clothes and possibly any heavier jumpers that they may have worn.

My mum is a dab hand at knitting and has offered to have a go at knitting any jumper that I can come up with, but I am absolutely new to the period and wouldn't even know where to start looking for any primary sources for things like this. I've looked up Aran jumpers and it appears that although the folk were knitting jumpers the now traditional Aran jumper is a relatively modern creation. But it does say that they are a modern version of jumpers that were being already knitted ... it's these older ones I am most interested in.

My primary motivation for this is that in our group the men mostly portray military, naval types and I am trying to steer clear of this when we do this period and thought a fisherman mightbe somewhere to start, also allowing me to look into fishing techniques from the period and have something different to talk about.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:16 am
by Tod
Which part of the period, for mid 18th century navy clothing contact Senior Service.

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:09 pm
by wurzul
Hi Graham,
Email me, I'll send period images.
Cheers, Ben

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:12 pm
by Graham Ashford
Thanks, will do when I get home tonight.

Kind regards

Graham

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:50 pm
by Bucket
Hi,
which part of the period are you looking to do as the clothing changes alot throughout this time. Although clothing generally consisted of breeches, waistcoat, Coat/frcokcoat, the look of each is different depending if you are doing the start of the period or th end... for example the waistcoat was quiet long and would have sleeves in 1715, by 1810, it had become very short and generally straight across at the bottom, it also did not have sleeves. So you need to decide the general period with in the century that you want.
if you want i'll have a chat with you at ILHF if you want.
.Bucket

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:46 am
by Wim-Jaap
Ben,

I would be interested in those images too, will send a pm with email addy.

thanks!

greenthings,

Wim-Jaap

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:14 pm
by wurzul
No problem. Just to clarify, they are all English fishermen 1800ish from Pyne, Walker etc.

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:23 am
by Wim-Jaap
thanks!

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:20 am
by Foxe
I'll reiterate, what period? There are also a handful of early-century images of fishermen floating around.

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:26 pm
by Graham Ashford
Hello Gents, apologies for going to sleep on the thread ... dreaded man flu!

I realise that the time given was quite a broad spectrum, apologies.

I'd be most interested in 1790 - 1810 knit wear for warmth on Fishermen predominantly (although not exclusively) from the South of England. Secondly, the same location but knit wear from around the 1650s if we were knitting in that period?

My thanks for all the help so far, the pictures where excellent!

Kind regards

Graham

Re: Fisherman?

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:02 am
by Grymm
Not sure if the fishermans woolly pully can be dated as early as then, there's an awful lot of bottywater written about 'Gansey's' and the like, quite a bit of it back engineered in the late 19th early 20thC. If they were so good I'm pretty sure the early slops contracts would've included them.
A good place to start would be Mr Ed Foxe about boatybloke clothing and Sally Pointer about knitty history.