Saturday, 31 October 2015

18th century Jacobite impression update

Well I've come a long way since I first put together my 18th century Jacobite kit. I had worked out what I needed near the start and the list kept growing as I learnt more from experienced Jacobite reenactors abroad. Now I have all my kit , some of the items that I could not make were purchased online mainly from my tailor Hunter Cogle in the USA who was also kind enough to help me find the other period items I required such as a pair of replica 18th century spectacles and the correct pattern canteen. If you want to do it correctly it will take sometime to research and put together your impression depending of what type of person you are portraying . My impression is of a rank and file tenant ( middle class ) who would have been a smallholder , renting some land from his clan chief. When time allows I hope to take some better photos in the mountains  in full kit. Also 18th century cooking is something I'd like to try as well, so I need to do more research on that as well.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Replica 18th century Edward Scarlett glasses

Today I just finished remodeling my Jas Townsend 1740 - 1800 glasses, while these are a good quality replica they come coated in horrible black glossy paint with made in China written on the side frames. What you need to do if you want an authentic pair of 18th century glasses is to pull the glasses apart using a tiny jewelers screwdriver then sand the entire frames. start with 800 grit, then followed by a finer grade such as 1200 to fully remove the black glossy paint and the silver plated surface beneath it. Once that is done you will have a pair of fantastic looking brass replica glasses. The temple frames pictured below were first invented by Edward Scarlett from London


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Harris Tweed tartan Feileadh Beag

Today was my first chance to wear my new Harris tweed Feileadh beag kilt as the weather here has recently cooled down. It fits perfectly and goes well with my tartan waist coat from Cogle Historical Tailoring . It uses a drawstring and produces rough pleats which was the look I was going for so I'm very happy with it.  I had been thinking about buying some nice tartan Harris tweed for quite some time and very happy I decided to go ahead and order the tweed as it will become my go to kilt over the winter . If you are thinking about buying some Harris tweed but reluctant due to the cost think about where it is made , how it is made and the quality of the fabric , if you considering those factors it is a great deal and well worth every penny . Please excuse the background but it's the best I could come up with near to wear I live .