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Thursday, 22 December 2016

A 17th Century Xmas Poster.

I hope you all have a pleasant and safe xmas. Personally I am going to wait for the winter solstice.
Keith.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Identification Please. Hole in muzzle-loader gun stock.

Scott contacted me asking what the hole in the stock was used for or what is its purpose. I was unable to help, so I thought one of you may have the answer or an educated guess.




Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Anglo-American maritime clothing from 1680-1740 crowdfunding campaign.



15 December 00:24
Keith,
I was wondering if you might repost a link to my crowdfunding campaign on you site? There are 12 days left in my campaign, and I want to encourage as many people to donate as possible who might be interested. People might have missed the original post you put up last month. Also, any comments that you think might encourage your readers would be appreciated. If you think it would help, you can use what I wrote on my posts that I have on FB: https://www.facebook.com/david.fictum.3/posts/10154997493653570?pnref=story
In speaking of people who are interested in my project, what are your thoughts on this whole effort and the book I intend to publish? I would think you would be greatly interested in such a material culture study. I hope that our shared interests will encourage you to donate to the campaign as well.
Hope this holiday season is going well for you,
-David FIctum
My GoFundMe campaign to raise money for my research trip to London to complete my work on Anglo-American maritime clothing from 1680-1740 is slowly but surely making progress. However, I still need the help of this community to make it anywhere near my goal. Below are some more thoughts that I hope makes more of you consider donating to this cause (TL;DR = You all helped inspire this project, it is a that subject appeals to many of your interests, the project needs help from you if it is going to succeed, and its success will help bring more information on this subject to others.):


The Couture Courtesan: Early Seventeenth Century Wool Gown

The Couture Courtesan: Early Seventeenth Century Wool Gown: I've been wanting to make a new early 17th century gown for some time now, mostly because I have learned so much since I made my gre...

Sunday, 11 December 2016

"Once Upon a Time": The Dog Lock Trade Musket

"Once Upon a Time": The Dog Lock Trade Musket: An early 18th Century (circa. 1700) English Dog-Lock trade musket. The musket is light and simply made. The flat iron lock plate has bev...

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New England Re-enactor's Fair 2017.


The New England Reenactors Fair would like to welcome you all for our first full weekend event.
Coming this Feb.18th and 19th 2017 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge,MA.

With 40+ venders lining up this is sure to be a truly amazing time.
Continueing with our great lecture series this year we will be introducing our first series of hands on workshops.

Saturday evening 6:30-9pm there will be an evening social held in the Court Yard at the Sturbridge Host Hotel. Free for all to attend. Cash Bar will be open as will food available.

Admission
$10.00 per Person one day admission
$15.00 Per Person full weekend (purchased at Admission booth)
Children 13 and under free.

Workshops admission to be announced at a later date. Space limited.

Hotel rooms are available at the Sturbridge Host Hotel at a special rate of $103.00 per night. If you are staying for the weekend I highly recommend this hotel.

More to come.

For more information contact:
Richard Eckert
nereenactors@gmail.com

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Times of Change. Finally!

Australian Survival and Preppers..: Times of Change. Finally!: The Seismic Shift to Freedom Through Out the Western World. Headlines like “Trump“, “The latest result of a populist wave that is s...

Sunday, 20 November 2016

18th Century Toilets/Outhouses.

Actually in some country areas I don't think much has changed in 300 years. We still have an outhouse up at the cottage, & the main house composting toilets are not that much different. When you are off grid and have to supply your own water, modern flush toilets are not an option.

The cottage outhouse.



Wednesday, 16 November 2016

18th Century Sewing Needles & Pins.

18th century items including steel needles and  pins found in the Sprague House.

18th Century Sewing Needles and Pins.
From about the Viking age until the 17th century sewing needles were made of iron. From the 17th century onward sewing needles were made of steel. If you are looking for 18th century sewing needles for your “housewife” sewing kit, I suggest you simply purchase a set of modern sewing needles.
Iron needles.

Hand made brass pins were in use during the 17th & 18th century. The pin itself being made of brass wire, & the heads were made separately of brass wound around the top of the pin.
17th-18th century brass English pins found in the mud of the Thames River London England.

1620-1650 Silvered brass English sewing pins.

Wooden needle cases.

Author's Housewife sewing kit.

Close-up of the author's pin cushion on the housewife with steel needles.



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Living History and Historical Re-enactment Groups Contact Address List in the UK. PDF.

List created by Reenactment UK
GROUP LIST IN GEOGRAPHICAL ORDER
Groups Location Description Contact
SOUTH OF LONDON
Herigeas Hundas Hampshire 5th_ 7th century –
Anglo-Saxon
https://www.facebook.c
om/Herigeas-Hundas-
283598825082608/?
fref=ts

College of Chivalry Wiltshire knight training school http://www.collegeofch ivalry.com/
https://www.facebook.c
om/collegeofchivalry/

Dummnonika Okehampton 50BC to AD50 http://www.dumnonika. com/contact-us.html
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/2554212444
82204/

79th cameron
highlanders
https://www.facebook.c
om/The79thCameronHi
ghlanders1815/

Wolfguard Isle of Wight Dark Ages/Viking http://wolfguard.wikifo undry.com/
https://www.facebook.c
om/WolfguardIW/

Spearfish Creek South of England American Wild West
1800's
https://www.facebook.c
om/spearfishcreekreena
ctment/

Raven-Tor West Sussex Multi-period: Bronze
Age (2000BC-800BC),
12th Century, 15th
Century (War of the
Roses), 17th Century,
18th Century (Age of
Piracy)

Wessex Medieval
Alliance
South and South West
of the
UK
The Hundred Years
Wars
and The Wars of the
Roses.
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/wessexmedi
evalalliance/

Kernow Levy Cornwall Late medieval http://kernowlevy.co.uk /
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/3624227423
7/

God's Company of
Tabor
Basingstoke 15th century Bohemia https://www.facebook.c om/hussites/?fref=ts

Hounds of the
Morrigan

Brigantia Celtic
Reenactment
Portsmouth Celtic https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/BrigantianN
utjobs/

Drengskept Hird Plymouth Viking age reenactment
fighting and
living history
https://www.facebook.c
om/Drengskept-Hird-
276588205718938/

The Queen's (Royal
West Surrey)
Regiment Reenactment
Society
Guildford, Surrey 2nd Battalion and 2nd
Volunteer Battalion
throughout the era
1879-1883
https://www.facebook.c
om/Queens2VB/?
fref=ts

About Free men of the
Blean
East Kent Viking/Saxon period
through to the Wars of
the Roses
https://www.facebook.c
om/FreeMenOfTheBlea
n/

Britannia South of Britain late Roman period. http://www.durolitum.c o.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/Britannia-News-
118195358224681/

Historia Normannis Portsmouth 12th century Norman https://www.facebook.c om/groups/3252428911 50370/

Plymouth medieval
society
Plymouth hundred years war
1380 to 1485,
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/7906818049
/

The Howlsedhes Guard West Cornwall Historical European
Martial Arts (H.E.M.A)
and reenactment group
https://www.facebook.c
om/howlsedhesguard/

The Ubique Right of
the Line Group
Fareham in Hampshire Artillery through the
ages
https://www.facebook.c
om/UbiqueROL/


The Wyoming Wild
Bunch
based around the south
of England but
members in other areas
Old American West
from 1800 - 1900.

Poole Re-enactment
Society
poole We portray 18th
century pirates and the
Ulfheddin Viking
Mercenary band as part
of the The Vikings
society.
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1002834733
72560/

Chanz des Reis South East of UK Historical Reenactment
Society 1135 – 1216
https://www.facebook.c
om/chanzdesreis/

The Howlsedhes Guard West Cornwall Historical European
Martial Arts (H.E.M.A)
https://www.facebook.c
om/howlsedhesguard/

NORTH OF
LONDON
WALES SCOTLAND IRELAND

Jorvik Vikingr Derby, West Midlands Viking and
AngloSaxon
Living History

Company 5th Battn.
60th Regt. (Rifles)
Tamworth (1808-1814) http://www.5th60thrifle s.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/5th60th/

LEGIO VIII
AUGUSTA MGV.
N Wales, NW England
& Scotland
period 68 - 138 CE. http://www.roman.org. uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/8legion/
Team Falchion Derby 13th/14th Century http://www.falchion.org
/
https://www.facebook.c
om/TeamFalchionMedi
evalGroup/

Eran ud Turan Nottinghamshire Persia and Central Asia
in Late Antiquity, 6th -
8th c.
https://www.facebook.c
om/eranudturan/

Wuffa Vikings Norfolk Dark Age Vikings &
Saxons
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/wuffa/

20th century revisited Midlands based WW2 Living History https://www.facebook.c om/20thcenturyrevisite d-717746935011350/

Hrafn vikingr West Midlands and
black country
elite varangian guard http://www.ffoxes.co.u k/
https://www.facebook.c
om/ffoxescompany?
ref=hl

Vikings of Mercia Northamptonshire Dark Ages in Britain http://www.vikingsofm ercia.org/
https://www.facebook.c
om/VikingsOfMercia

Conquest Norman
Reenactment
and Living
History
Wakefield Norman and Anglo-
Norman re-enactment
and living history
society
in the UK.
ttps://www.facebook.co
m/conquestlivinghistor
y/

The Hovel Bishops Stortford,
Hertfordshire
medieval reenactment
household
https://www.facebook.c
om/thehovelhousehold/

Samhain Welsh
Medieval Society
North-east Wales 1280-1415, plus we
have members covering
the Viking era.
https://www.facebook.c
om/SamhainMedieval/?
hc_ref=SEARCH&fref
=nf

Cardiff Castle Garrison Cardiff Edward III, specifically
the
years 1350-1370.
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/2255680247
/

Vikings of Middle
England
https://www.facebook.c
om/vikings.leicester/

Wythe Retinue Mostly based in West
MIdlands but outpost
in Derby.
15th Century social,
military and political
history to life

Ffoxes Company of
The King's Guard,
Sealed Knot.
Worcester,
Worcestershire
Captain Charles Fox's
Company of The King's
Lifeguard Regiment of
Foote in The Sealed
Knot
https://www.facebook.c
om/ffoxescompany?
ref=hl

Ulfhrafnar Wantage Vikings. 8th - 11th
Century
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1563706917
233380/

Ormsgard East Anglia Based and
train near Chelmsford
Dark Ages/Vikings and
Saxon


British Military
Intelligence 1940s LH
telford shropshire WWII.

UKHomefront Midlands and North of
England
spirit of the 40s. http://www.ukhomefro nt.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/UKHomefront/
The Swords of Mercia
Society
South Yorkshire and
Derbyshire
14th Century Medieval
Re-enactment and
Combat
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/SwordsOfM
ercia/

245 Provost Company
LHG
Birmingham 245 Provost Company
is a W.W.II
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1470548826
565448/

Wryngwyrm Dark Age
War Band
Bedfordshire Viking, Saxon and
Norman periods of
history
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/2831512686
25/

Brumvik - Birmingham
Vikings
Birmingham Dark Age Based around
950

Sir Henry Vaughan's
Company of the
Sealed Knot
South Wales British Civil Wars
1640 - 1660
Hearts of Oak
Reenactment
Group (Life
In Nelsons Navy)
North Wales piracy to King George's
Navy and the time of
Nelson and the Jack
Tars
https://www.facebook.c
om/HeartsOfOakHistor
icalMaritimeSociety

The Dragon Shields Norfolk Dark Age Reenactment
Society

The Bifrost Guard Northamptonshire Early Medieval
780CE and 1390CE
https://www.facebook.c
om/bifrostguard/

Axis-Allied Yorkshire, Lancashire
and the North East
ww1 and ww2 https://www.facebook.c
om/axallied/

Wirhalh Skip Felagr North Wales to
Liverpool.
Viking and Anglo-
Saxon
https://www.facebook.c
om/wirralvikings/

The public page of
Colonel Nicholas
Devereux's Regiment
of Foot
West Midlands, along
the Welsh Marches and
across the South West
Roundhead Association
(RA), part of the
English Civil War
Society (ECWS)
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1760873837
467317

Kaiserschützen-
Regiment "Trient" Nr.
1 - UK/ Ireland
Cork Tyrolean mountain
regiment Great War
1914-18

Northern Alliance
Forum
Scotland the late fifteenth
century.

UK BASED
45eme de Ligne UK / Nationwide Napoleonic French
1806-1815.
https://www.facebook.c
om/45eme/?
ref=page_internal

Lace Wars UK / Nationwide military and civilian
life
during the 18th Century
https://www.facebook.c
om/LaceWars/

Claymore Reenactment
Group
UK / Nationwide 18th Century, Prince
Charlies’1745
rebellion.
https://www.facebook.c
om/claymore1745/?
fref=ts

The Tudor group UK / Nationwide late Elizabethan
England
https://www.facebook.c
om/TudorGroupUK/?
fref=ts

Historia Normannis UK / Nationwide Early/High Medieval
Reenactment societies

Tommy's Sisters UK 1914-1918 http://www.tommyssist ers.com/
The Napoleonic
Association
UK / Nationwide Napoleonic period
(1793-1815)
https://www.facebook.c
om/NapoleonicAssociat
ion/?fref=ts

The Bowden Retinue UK / Nationwide A medieval reenactment
group
https://www.facebook.c
om/TheBowdenRetinue
/?fref=ts

2nd 27th 'Wolfhounds
25th Infantry Division
Part of RollingThunder
UK / Nationwide Vietnam War http://www.rollingthunder. org.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/wolfhoundsuk/

The Dark Ages Society
(DAS)
UK / Nationwide Viking and Anglo-
Saxon
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1026743264
64553/

The Vikings UK / Nationwide The Vikings portray 8th -
11th
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1026743264
64553/

Centingas UK / Nationwide Anglo-Saxon 449AD to
1066AD.

Hounds of the
Morrigan
UK / Nationwide 13th-15th Century https://www.facebook.c om/groups/4410278326 24865/

ARC - Autonomous
Reenactor Collective
UK / Nationwide Early Britain to WW2 https://www.facebook.c om/ARCcavalry/

Ancient times society UK / Nationwide Dark Age, Early and
High
Medieval Periods and
with a
little bit of the Regency
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1384461595
23112/

The Lonestar Reenactment
Group
UK / Nationwide 19th Century American
West
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/lonestar01/

Ragged Victorians -
"The great unwashed
UK / Nationwide re-enacting the lower
classes of Victorian
England, c.1851.
https://www.facebook.c
om/Ragged.Victorians/
?fref=ts

Tower Hamlets
Trayned Bandes
UK / Nationwide English Civil War http://traynedbandes.co. uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/TowerHamletsTray
nedBandes/

Wenches In Trenches UK / Nationwide WW1 http://www.wenchesintr enches.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/wenchesintrenches/

British plate armour
society
UK / Nationwide Medieval 1300-1485 http://www.britishplate. org.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/British-Plate-
Armour-Society-
142005475893040/

2nd Bn. 95th Rifles UK / Nationwide Napoleonic Wars 1808-
1814
https://www.facebook.c
om/2ndBn95thRifles/

Matrons Medical
Mission
UK / Nationwide WW1 and WW2
medical display

Sir John Savile's
Household
UK / Nationwide medieval household of
the period 1450 -1500
https://www.facebook.c
om/savilehousehold/

Lincoln County
Regulators
UK / Nationwide Early American history http://WWW.LINCOL NCOUNTYREGULAT ORS.CO.UK/
https://www.facebook.c
om/Lincoln-County-
Regulators-
208085289233535/?
fref=ts

THE BRITISH
WESTERNERS
ASSOCIATION
UK / Nationwide 1700 to the present day. http://www.bwa73.co.u k/index.html
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1467390753
68670/

Rosa Mundi UK / Nationwide 15c re-enactment http://www.rosamundi. org.uk/
https://www.facebook.c
om/RosamundiLate15t
hcenturylivinghistorygr
oup/

Britannia XIV
Medieval Re-
UK / Nationwide 1296 to 1348. https://www.facebook.c om/BritanniaXIV/

enactment
29th Field Kitchen UK / Nationwide Site of the 29th Field
Kitchen, British Army
cooking from 1856.
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/1420021148
284446/

Medieval Combat
Society
UK / Nationwide Medieval 14th http://www.themcs.org/ index.htm
https://www.facebook.c
om/groups/medievalco
mbatsociety/

A Moment In Time UK / Nationwide world history up to mid
20th Century
https://www.facebook.c
om/MITLivingHistory/

Infantrie Regiment 28
“Von Goeben
UK / Nationwide Imperial Majesty
Kaiser Wilhelm II