Thursday, 16 November 2017

History in my Wardrobe: Australian Cabbage Tree Hat

History in my Wardrobe: Australian Cabbage Tree Hat: Last weekend the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy in Canberra hosted a Cabbage Tree Hat workshop with Sue and Don Brian. Sue and Don...

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Modern Reenactor: If you would not be forgotten...

The Modern Reenactor: If you would not be forgotten...: Following Benjamin Franklin's advice, I thought I'd write something that might be worth the reading. In his Poor Richard's Alman...

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

17C American Women: New England's 1656 Witch Trial

17C American Women: New England's 1656 Witch Trial: History of Witches and Wizards, 1720 Trials for witchcraft in New England did not begin in 1692.  In The Salem Witch Trials: a Reference...

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Whetting Stone.

18th century whetstones Nottingham University Museum Photo Robin Aldworth.

The Whetting Stone.
Whet means sharp, so by definition if a blade has been sharpened, it has been whetted. If you are sharpening a blade, then you are whetting that blade.

“The language surrounding so called oilstones is very misleading. First off, there’s no such thing as an “oilstone.” Long ago, these abrasive stones were simply called whetstones. “Whetting” was the period word for “sharpening” and it had nothing to do with applying liquid to a rock”. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/what-is-an-oilstone-2

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Also found in: ThesaurusIdioms.
  (wĕt, hwĕt)
tr.v. whet·ted, whet·ting, whets
1. To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
2. To make more keen; stimulate: The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
Something that whets the appetite or desire.

[Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan.]

18th century whetting and polishing machine.

Re-enactment group brings 18th century Scottish highlands to Colchester County

Anyone interested in learning more about Gallus Gael can contact James Finnie at jacobitejames@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

British Museum Shot Pouch. Undated!

 Museum number
Full: Front
Rectangular flat pouch or bag, with strap, fingerwoven of wool. The flat bag is constructed from one or two pieces of red wool plaited cloth, with a central resist [undyed] paler horizontal stripe across the front. The vertical edges include black wool.

Rectangular flat pouch or bag, with strap, fingerwoven of wool. The flat bag is constructed from one or two pieces of red wool plaited cloth, with a central resist [undyed] paler horizontal stripe across the front. The vertical edges include black wool, with a line of opaque white beads and stitching in a brown vegetal thread. The bottom seam also includes stitching in a brown vegetal thread, with a line of quill wrapped wool fringing, each ending in a red hair filled metal comb, the colour of the quills being alternating black and white bands. The front of the bag is further decorated, just above the resist dyed strip, with a further fringe similar to that at the bottom. Woven into the front of the bag is a geometric design in irregular opaque white beads: two vertical lines of chevrons, with a double zig zag line up the centre and single zig-zag lines up both vertical edges. The points of the chevrons face downwards. The back and less faded side of the bag is decorated with a double row, vertical, each of butterfly-like geometric designs, each row being 3 high; the vertical seams each have rows of five small diamonds. All the patterns are in the same opaque white glass beads. The top of the bag is edged with green tape, enclosed in lines of white beads, back and front. The bag is lined with a coarse reddish manufactured cloth. // The strap is also plaited, in two greenish colours, that at the edge being slightly yellower than the reddish green colour of the body of the strap. The strap is attached by sewing with the brown vegetable thread at the two top corners of the pouch opening. The strap finishes on both sides with a plaited wool fringe, on the left [from the front] with six plaits, and on the right with five plaits. Woven into these plaits or braids are white beads, incorporating slightly darker green wool. The main body of the strap incorporates in the weaving a diamond pattern of white beads, with along the slightly contrasting colour edges, rows of white beads, at the absolute edge and at the boundary between the two colours. Repairs to the beadwork seem to have been carried out with this darker green wool.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Flintlock Fusil.

Help Dave get his guns back

David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah. 

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Diderot Search for 18th century items & Trades.


Technological Adaptation on the Frontier: An Examination of Blacksmithing at Fort Michilimackinac, 1715-1781

Author's 18th century fire steel.

Pots, Kettles & Dutch Ovens. A Link.

Skinning & Butchering Game By Keith H Burgess Part Two

Skinning & Butchering Game By Keith H Burgess Part One

Swedish King's 'forgotten' 17th-century warship found in central Stockholm

Stefan Płużański's painting of the Battle of Oliwa in 1627, in which Scepter may have participated. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Australian Arms Auction.

Author's pistol and image.

There are some nice flintlocks & other arms in this catalogue. If I had not already got all I need, I would seriously be considering getting some of the items in this catalogue.
Remember, no licence required for antique flintlock firearms in NSW (elsewhere check you firearms regs).

Black Powder Firearms Laws In Poland Vs Australia.

Here in Australia we have to have a Firearms licence & pass a firearms test to obtain that licence. A permit to purchase, & we have to register all guns including replica muzzle-loading guns. A replica muzzle-loading gun is the same as an identical antique muzzle-loading gun, no difference. It still loads from the muzzle, it still relies on a flint lock for ignition. But in Poland, which has the most stringent firearms laws in the world, you do not require a permit to purchase, a licence or registration. Only the gunpowder needs to be registered.

Blackpowder not integrated cartridge guns, if manufactured before 1885, and their replicas also multiple shot revolvers (separable loading only) are available without any restrictions (Owner must to be over 18). They are also permitted to be owned, used, and carried (You name it) loaded without any permits. Curiously though, the purchase of the blackpowder requires registration.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Shirttail Mess : "Much tormented with Ticks" . . and Occam's Razor

The Shirttail Mess : "Much tormented with Ticks" . . and Occam's Razor: "Friday, May 26th, 1775. Proceeded up the River. Met 2 Canoes bound to Redstone. Shot an old Buffalo Bull that had his ears mar...

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

17C American Women: 1590 John White's Return to Roanoke Where All Had ...

17C American Women: 1590 John White's Return to Roanoke Where All Had ...: John White's Drawing of the Outer Banks and Roanoke 1584 Return To Ronoake of John White (1590) John White's Map of Roanoke ...

Help Us Protect Hunting & Gun Ownership In Australia.

Help us protect hunting
The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party on on the attack after new regulations have been delivered. Here is how it will affect you and what you can do to help. 
The Liberal - National New South Wales Government has released a consultation draft of the proposed Firearms Regulation 2017 and Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017.
In a move reminiscent of John Howard’s 1996 gun reforms, these are some of the most draconian regulations ever.
These regulations, if passed in their current form, will affect every licensed firearm owner, hunting club and firearms dealer in New South Wales.
Here are just a few ways these new regulations will hurt law-abiding firearms owners:
Forcing all hunters and private landowners to supply private personal details to New South Wales Police before being allowed to hunt on private land (clause 32, 34 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).

Refusing a firearms license or permit even if someone is innocent of an offence under the Firearms Act (clause 11, 23 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).

Squeezing law-abiding firearms dealers out of business through further regulation and restriction (clause 41 Draft Firearms Regulations 2017).
As they’ve always done, the Government are punishing law-abiding firearms owners for the actions of criminals.
They know full well that the increase in law-abiding firearms owners is largely due to the increase in recreational hunting. They’re attacking legitimate hunters from safely going about their business and slowly trying to kill off all licensed firearms ownership.
Regulations, unlike Bills and Acts, do not have to come before the Parliament to be voted on. They are put in place by the the Minister for Police, National Party MP Troy Grant.
You can help RIGHT NOW.
The draft Firearms Regulation 2017 and draft Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017 have been released for public consultation.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 31 July 2017.
Please click on the following links for the:
Let the Government know that you don’t appreciate being treated like a criminal in waiting.
There is no set format for submissions if you wish to make comments and you can keep your comments private if you choose so.
Email submission to (preferred option): firearms@mpes.nsw.gov.au
Our Loose Cannon writer, Firearms Lawyer Simon Munslow, has written a document which will assist you in writing to your local politicians and the NSW Police Minister to put the heat on the government over this issue.  You can download Simon Munslow's Correspondence Guide here.
Post submissions to:
Firearms Submissions
Office for Police, Department of Justice
GPO Box 5434
Submissions must be received no later than 5.00pm Monday 31 July 2017.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Shirttail Mess : About

The Shirttail Mess : About: The Shirttail Mess is a group of like minded individuals in the mideast and midwest (Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois etc...) w...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Update On Our Group's New Forum.

Well the help people still haven't replied, either there are a lot of complaints, or they are just bloody useless. I gave up trying to change the forum via their board, & found another way. I have not done too badly considering, & it looks as though the forum is usable. More problems may arise, but if they do I will work on it. Better than having to start a new forum elsewhere & lose all those years of posts & information. The new forum looks different to the old one, I have installed new & different images in some of the sections. Check it out for yourselves at: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/eighteenthcenturylivinghistory/index.php?sid=75d999d1f3064aa04a403a813cc2cb2a

Friday, 14 July 2017


Our official forum has been taken over by some mongrel service called TAPATALK. I have been unable to change anything on the new forum & I am unable to log in to their complaints department & feed-back forum. So it looks as though we are dead in the water!!! I will see if there is another service we can move to, but all those years of work & information that has gone into our old forum will be lost. I honestly don't know if I have the energy or the enthusiasm to start all over again.

IF this new service should come good, if this is just a glitch, then I will go to work & try & change things back as close as I can to what we had before. WATCH THIS SPACE as they say!
Regards, Keith.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ogdensburg Founder's Weekend kicks off Friday with ghost stories, mock battles, camp life, demonstrations

OGDENSBURG -- French and Indian War re-enactors, period craftspeople and artisans will rendezvous on Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point this coming weekend for the annual Founder’s Weekend Re-enactment and Colonial Trade Fair. A full schedule of military re-enactments, camp life demonstrations and primitive skills workshops are scheduled for July 14, 15 and 16.

Market fair set at Johnson Hall

JOHNSTOWN — An 18th- century market fair will be held at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave., on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. 
Throughout both days, colonial sutlers (vendors) will offer their wares for sale.
Demonstrations of 18th-century daily life will add to the event, including an encampment, period dram (tavern) demonstration, and colonial toys and games. In the slave quarters, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will demonstrate open-hearth cooking and interpret historic African and African-American food ways.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Classic Educational Videos - Captain John Smith Video

Classic Educational Videos - The Mayflower Colonial Video

Classic Educational Videos - The New World Colonial Video

Life in Colonial America

Building a nawi

Saturday, 8 July 2017

17C American Women: 1606 Instructions for the Virginia Colony

17C American Women: 1606 Instructions for the Virginia Colony: Captain Smith and his adventurers In the 1st decade of the 17C England began a second round of colonizing attempts. This time jointstock...

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

17C American Women: The Evolution of the Virginia Colony 1611-1624

17C American Women: The Evolution of the Virginia Colony 1611-1624: Almost from the start, investors in the Virginia Company in England were unhappy with the accomplishments of their Jamestown colonists. They...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

17C American Women: Food Eaten by Early Virginia Colonists

17C American Women: Food Eaten by Early Virginia Colonists: The animal bones from food supplies found in a pit dating prior to 1610 reveal that the 104 men and boys who landed at Jamestown survived pr...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

18th Century Period Fire Lighting Methods. Ebook.

Authors, historical, living history, authenticity, flint and steel, burning glass, reading glass, fire-bow, Mountain men, woodsmen, woodsrunners, books, reading, experimental archaeology, plant tinder, fungi tinder, tinderbox, fire lighting, 18th century, 17th century, 19th century, survival, Indians, primitive, fur trade, French and Indian War, Revolution, historical trekking, long term wilderness living, colonial, Australia, North America, cooking, heating, Reenacting, Reenactment, 

Primitive Fire Lighting-Flint & Steel & Fire Bow.

Title: Primitive Fire Lighting
ID: 9784776
Category: History
Description: “Primitive Fire Lighting”, is a hands on guide to how to make fire with flint and steel and fire bow. This includes some history, a variety of methods, tinder plants identification, and tinder production, tips on fire place construction and use, how to prepare and lay a fire, wet weather fire lighting and magnifying glass fire lighting. The skills and methods in this book will be of interest to a wider range of readers including survivalists, historical re-enactors, bush-walkers and campers, historical–trekkers and even historical novel writers. Although the plant identifications list is mainly Australian it also has some information for England, Europe and America.
Publisher: Keith H. Burgess
Copyright Year: © 2010
Language: English
Country: Australia

Table of Contents
Illustrations. 4
Tinder preparation-charring: 15
Emergency methods: 17
Introduction 24
A Brief Overview. 25
The Parts of the Fire-bow. 26
The Bow. 26
The Drill Piece. 27
The Fireboard. 29
The Tinder-board. 30
The Bearing Block. 31
The Bowstring. 32
Tinder. 32
Making Fire. 32
Making Cordage. 37
The Step for making Cordage. 38
Fire steel suppliers. 45
About the author. 45

5.83" x 8.26", saddle-stitch binding, white interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-colour exterior ink.
Cost: Book $11.00 US. Plus P&P. Download $7.00 US

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Getting dressed in the 18th century. Ladies.

Southern Cross Free Trappers Newsletter Vol. 59, June 2017

17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...

17C American Women: 17C British Woman by Wenceslaus Hollar (European-b...: Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech artist, 1607-1677)  'Ornatus Muliebris Anglicanus. The severall 'Habits of Englishwomen, from the Nobilit...

Pirates and Privateers History Page.

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Monday, 19 June 2017