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Cheeky Monkey
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:04 pm    Post subject: historical utensils Reply with quote

Help please!!

I would like to acquire a tinned copper, bronze, or other traditional styled three legged round metal skillet for my proposed LH display. Does anyone have an idea who would make or sell such an item and similar C17 style camp fire utensils. I.E. the flatter frying pan type.

I must confess I have yet to ask at my local foundry, but I suspect this is far too specialist a project for them to become involved with.
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried Steve Dunford?

http://www.darzet.com/IRON/home.html

I think he goes to TORM but don't quote me...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I had not, but I have visited his web-site now.
It's sporting a recently up-dated notice, and his comment that he will be attending at TORM.

I note that apart from fire trays, his range of stock is very limited. Does he only advertise what he has on the shelf ready for sale?
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Lizwardo



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well his site says that he hasn't got space to display everything he can make and he's happy to try new designs so if you know what you're after it's probably worth giving him a call or having a chat at TORM and seeing what he can do for you.

Have you tried any reclamation yards? You'd have to have a good trawl through everything but you never know what you might find! I know that some of the Slannings that I sometimes do LH with have managed to pick up quite a few bits of kit at reclamation yards.
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Gruff
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*Dreamy look*

Mmmmmm! Old rusty things!

One day I will go to Stax reclamation in Saltash and drool for a while...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crawl through reclamation yards??

Sorry! I'm not as fit as I used to be. I don't have the stamina. Though I strongly suspect you are on the right lines. After the war there were hundreds of old scrap-yards dotted around the countryside. Usually within the vicinity of a WWll air-strip. We had several in Pembrogeshire. Then they became used car dumping grounds. The more industrious proprietors set-up their own foundries, & metal working business.

I wouldn't hold out much hope of finding anything remotely C17 though.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now taken possession of lots of nice C17 reproduction pottery, including a massive 12pt urn, a puzzle jug, and some assorted cups, mugs, candle-sticks, etc.

This on top of what I've acquired in the past. i.e. a pipkin, skillet, mugs, an assortment of bowls & other treen. A cauldron, (needs sand-blasting). I also have some kitchen & table cutlery. i.e. a mortar *& pestle, knives & stickers. A couple of daggers, and a pair of very nice barrels for drinks on LH. Lot's of cold, refreshing water on tap. & there's you thinking that was what the urn was for!! Tee Hee!!

A plan in progress is some traditional C17 bench seating. Which I am having made up as I write this, and my next ambitious project will be a camp-site trestle table. Followed by a frame bed, a pile of old ottoman sized plain traditional style timber boxes which will double for storage of the pottery, and to sit on. The only other large item I require is a tent. Don't panic, I have some insurance money that has accumulated due to my shrewish life-style.

My consultant say's I can't drink, and I'm not exactly getting out a lot these days, so I don't spend money on the traveling. I save it all for my SK projects, and work on my boat.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, all you need now is a 17th century house and you could do Living History 24/7!

As to reclamation yards - the one I referred to is one that (I think) sells mostly victorian stuff salvaged from houses in the Plymouth area. There is a lot of beautiful victorian architecture here (outside the city centre, which the Luftwaffe obligingly re-arranged) but unfortunately a lot of it gets bought up by landlords who strip out the period features and turn them into student flats.

Our flat is the upstairs of a Victorian building and we have original corbels, a stained glass window and an original fireplace - most of which is coated in beige/white gloss emulsion and woodchip - aaagghhh!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No such luck. I have a council bed-sit.

Today, I've discovered that one of my 10 litre barrels is collapsing. I've had it on display in the living room, and it's dried out. Fortunately it hasn't fallen apart, so I have carefully re-assembled it and filled it with a milton-water mix. Next time we are down the beer tent we shall experiment with it and see how long it will hold ale for!
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Rob Jones



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Next time we are down the beer tent we shall experiment with it and see how long it will hold ale for!


I guess it depends on how fast we drink!
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