- Dated: circa 1300 - 1400
- Culture: Western European
- Medium: steel, leather, silver/tin
- Measurements: overall length: 114.5 cm; blade length 89.0 cm; blade width at hilt, 4 cm; tang length 29.5 cm; cross width 20 cm; weight 1.40 kg
The sword is of Type XIIIA with a broad, oval wheel pommel, the central boss rectangular in shape and cut breadthwise with two deep parallel grooves; it has no rivet button. The whole pommel is very flat, and light seeming. It features a long tang covered with 19th century grip and a long straight cross of hexagonal section, widening a little toward the tips.
There appear to be traces of some sort of plating on the pommel and the cross, of silver or tin. The blade of flat hexagonal section, comes with a narrow rather shallow fuller running some one-third of the length. This fuller on one side runs up under the mid-part of the cross, and the other stops about 3 cm short of it. It still has a fairly sharp point.
Nine Men’s Morris has been around since Roman times and was very popular in medieval England.
The board consists of a grid with twenty-four interesections or points. Each player has nine pieces, or “men”, usually coloured black and white. Players try to form ‘mills’— three of their own men lined horizontally or vertically—allowing a player to remove an opponent’s man from the game. A player wins by reducing the opponent to two pieces, or by leaving him without a legal move.
The game proceeds in three phases:
- placing men on vacant points
- moving men to adjacent points
- (optional phase) moving men to any vacant point when a player has been reduced to three men
Images: (top) A 13th century illustration in Libro de los juegos of the game being played with dice, (bottom) Visitors to Beamish Museum in north-east England can see this board fixed to the top of a chest in Pockerley Old Hall
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Showing off the Renaissance/Steampunk shirt I have available in my Etsy. It’s a pretty classic design that I think works very well for many types of costumes, everything from the medieval to the late steampunk Victorian, underneath a waistcoat, for example. This version has hooks and eyes at the sleeves and at the neck, though I’ve made similar ones with button closures before. The buttons actually work better for this type of shirt… It’s sewn in 100% Osnaburg cotton, and is slightly thicker than muslin, so you don’t get that threadbare see-through effect that you get with a lot of cheaper Renaissance/pirate shirts. It’s an off-white cream color that looks great.
The style of shirt is intended to be fuller and with more volume, hence the big sleeves, though it’s entirely possible to make a tighter fit as well.
Find it at greyedout.etsy.com
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22/365. Mouse Guard fan art continues, with Garrow, Patrol Leader. This is 22 out of 365 in my 365 Sketch Project. January 20, 2012.
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Mouse guard fan art. This is 10/365 of my 365 sketch project. I’m going to ink it tomorrow.
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