17th century stuff
This is what interests me the most............the 17th century
Go here for some delicious pottery and wonderful historical reproductions! Jay and Tracy can do almost anything!
Go here to see my musket goodies!
(2006) Musketeers at Augsburg Park for Clann Tartan's annual Airing of the Tartans. Left to right: Doug, Bruce, Eric, and Jaimie.
Eric and I at Macalester College's MacFair, 2003.
This is Eric's last hurrah as Captain of Clann Tartan. This was taken on Sunday, at tha Big Muddy River Rendezvous, in Winona, Minnesota. Left to right is: David Vavreck, drummer; Jay Henderson, musketeer (peeking over Eric's shoulder); Eric Ferguson, Captain; Rudy Borrmann, captive (he was under arrest); Marty Byers, Head Campfollower (extraorindaire); and Rob Portinga, our Corporal of Pike and Polearms. (2002)
This is Eric's Captains flag, my Matchlock musket, Eric's bandolier, my Latchet shoes and my pewter goblet. Just a few fun things. I was goofing off around the house! Hee!
This is me. This was taken at The Big Muddy River Rendezvous (2000) in Winona. I like being with the group Clann Tartan. It's a very wonderful experience. A big thank you goes out to the wonderful person who took this picture, as it was the first one of me in costume.
Here I am at the Big Muddy River Rendezvous again in October 2001! I love that show. It's where I met my sweetie, and also where I developed my love of 17th Century history. I am fixing one of the groups' bandoliers. It always seems like I am forever fixing stuff. Of course, that's one of my many duties while at events, plus it gives me a very good working knowledge of the muskets and equipment. It also keeps me out of mischief! Heheehee!! This picture was taken by my sweetie.
Oh whee! This is a great picture taken by Chelle at Big Island Rendezvous, October 2001. Left to right is me, Jay, and Cory. Don't we look neat? Wow! This is the only picture I have of me shooting my Matchlock, and it is a grand one!
Oh my. Here is my treasured Musket and it's goodies. By the way, the leather accoutrements; the bandolier belt and pouch, and the leather snapsack/poke, were all made by my Dad. He does marvelous work, and although I made my own bandolier belt, it didn't turn out that good. The bandolier bottles-also known as 'apostles', were made by my good friends, Jay and Tracy Henderson Garland. They have a wonderful website. You can visit them at: J Henderson Artifacts.
Oh my! Here is a beautiful painting called "Soldiers Arming Themselves", by Jacob Duck. I have seen the real painting-it's at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They have lots of neat 17th Century things on the 3rd floor :-) Hee! Some info on this painting can be found here.
Information on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts can be found by going here.
I will be putting up some interesting links and other info as well as soon as I get the time.
Meanwhile, if you are wishing a good read and are interested in the firearms of the 17th century and before, try out these.......
- "The Age of Firearms", by Robert Held
- "European Hand Firearms of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries", by Charles E. Whitelaw
- "A History of Firearms", by Harold L. Peterson
- "The Great Guns", also by Harold L. Peterson
- "Round Shot and Rammers" also by Harold L. Peterson
- "The Excersise of Armes" by Jacob De Gheyn (A very excellent 17th century drill manual covering Pike, Musket, and Shot)
- "The English Civil War 1642-1651: An Illustrated Military History" by Philip Haythornthwaite
- "How to Build Your Own Wheellock Pistol or Rifle" I am not sure who this is by, but it is great!
- "Matchlock Musketeer 1588-1688" Osprey Publishing, by Keith Roberts; Illustrated by Stephen Walsh
- "Scots Armies of the English Civil Wars" Osprey Men-At-Arms Series; by Stuart Reed, with colour plates by Graham Turner
If you, like me, just cannot get enough of the old, old Black Powder weapons, (Handgonne, Wheellock, Matchlock, and early flintlock) You may want to check out my friend
Teleoceras's Black Powder Page. It is very neat, with pictures of the afore mentioned guns. There's also some Percussion guns there too. Gee, he has it all! :-)!
If you are so inclined, please stop by the site of Clann Tartan. It is a Living History/Reenactment group based in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis, MN. They portray almost every aspect of life in a military recruiting camp of the 17th century.
Bandoliers for Musketeers- This is an awesome site! Has a lot of goodies for the 17th century soldier.
A site of interest to the Celtic minded, is the site of my sweetie. It has some wonderful info on reenacting, some historical plays, humorous sketches, and other links of interest. It's called A Strand of the Celtic Fringe.