Saturday, 31 May 2014
Monday, 26 May 2014
Interestingly enough, I still remember some of these items in our 18th century family home, and also in my Grandparents home in South Wales. Wash bowls were accompanied by water jugs in each bedroom. We even had a closed stool with a fancy embroidered top to the lid.
When I moved to Australia and got married we lived a similar sort of lifestyle, though we did wash every day! With no water on tap, water had to be carried in and was heated in large kettles over the open fire, suspended on chains and hooks hanging from an old buggy axle. The toilet was an ash can in an outhouse. Our three boys were bathed in a tin bath in front of the fire just as I was when I was a child. The outhouse was also equipped with a wash bowl and water jug. We lived this 18th century lifestyle for about 20 years.
Fimbulmyrk: Historical swords and cutlery in the Klingenmuseum...: You all have read my post about the Knifemaker´s Fair in Solingen Klingenmuseum which...
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Bark Canoe building at Bents Basin –a NPWS Sydney Aboriginal Community Cultural Gathering
Friday, 23 May 2014
Thursday, 22 May 2014
COLONIAL AMERICAN DIGRESSIONS: COLONIAL OCCUPATION: POTTER: Potter's Kick-Wheel Courtesy of Wikisource Dear Reader, The wooden bar at bottom left of the image, connecte...
"This morning an account was bro't to town, that a large army of French
and Indians were seen at a small distance from the German flats, but few
here believe it. Sir William Johnson is still in readiness, with 1500 of
the militia. Every man in the French army that came against Fort William
Henry, was equipped in the following manner, viz. With two pair of
Indian shoes, 2 pair of stockings, 1 pair of spatterdashes, 1 pair of
breeches, 2 jackets, 1 large over-coat, 2 shirts, 2 caps, 1 hat, 1 pair
of mittens, 1 tomahawk, 2 pocket-knives, 1 scalping knife, 1 steel and
flint, every two men an ax, and every four a kettle and oilcloth for a
tent, with one blanket and a bearskin, and 12 days provision of pork and
bread; all which they drew on little hand-sleighs."
Extract of a letter from Albany, dated April 2, 1757 printed in theBoston Gazette, April 18, 1757.}
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Sunday, 18 May 2014
School of the Renaissance Artisan: Continuing on with Costrels, Cordwaining, and 6th ...: Welcome back. Where was I? My workbench is such a mess right now... Oh, yes... cordwaining. We were making shoes, weren't we? ...
Thursday, 15 May 2014
COLONIAL AMERICAN DIGRESSIONS: FRENCH ENCIRCLEMENT OF THE ENGLISH NORTH AMERICAN...: Dear Reader, This is the last part in a series. If you would like to start with Part One, go here: http://www.da...
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
1892 replica of Santa Maria photographed in 1904 possibly by Edward H Hart.
Source: United States Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Monday, 12 May 2014
The Old Foodie: Macaroni Yesterday, Vermicelli Today.: As I mentioned yesterday, the early English references to ‘macaroni’ do not specifically indicate the short tubular form of pasta as the wo...
Costume Historian: Hollar's ladies in winter clothing 1639-1649: Figure 1 - Pennington 609 Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) published a large number of costume prints in the middle of the seventeenth cent...
Sunday, 11 May 2014
The Old Foodie: A Cheap, Fresh, and Lasting Victual for Seamen.: The provisioning of ships was a great pre-occupation of Naval authorities, scientists, and medical men in the days when ships set off on lo...
Slops Breeches 17th century-18th century.
Friday, 9 May 2014
This Week In Pennsylvania Archaeology: E is for Effigy: You have seen the word effigy in several of our blogs. We most often use it when referring to our departmental logo the Washington Boro Fa...
According to the museum of London this style of clothing was worn by seamen from the 16th century (1500s) into the 18th century (1700s).
Notice the pattern on the main body of the frock. This is apparently made from Lindsey Wolsey, a mix of linen & wool.http://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/Online/object.aspx?objectID=object-83031&rows=1&start=2&sort=summaryTitle%20asc;
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014
No special tools used during this construction. I made my own awl, and I cut the leather with my clasp knife. I used a fire log to place the leather on to make the holes. It took me about an hour to make.