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History of the Belt - Prehistory

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, August 7, 2014, In : History 

3350BC – 3100BC – The Ice Man

This amazing fella was discovered on a mountain in the Otztal Alps, South Tyrol, Italy on 19th September, 1991 by two hikers. He was partially encased in glacier ice and so well preserved that originally he was thought to be an unfortunate mountain hiker that had met his end. After recovery of the body radiocarbon dating revealed that the iceman lived between 3350 and 3100 BC, making him 5000 years old.

Among the many items of well preserved clothing found...


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Baldric Sword Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : History 
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I get asked to make some strange things sometimes. This one is a Baldric Sword Belt for Pirate re-enactment. Other than a few measurements to ensure a good fit, the rest was down to me. One caveat, the sword belt was for a left-hander.

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Probably a bit over engineered but then again the original version of these sword belts would, more than likely, have been made by the local saddler! 

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I didn’t charge nearly enough but it was great fun to make!

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And it does show what I am capable of!

Si

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Military Working Dogs

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, June 2, 2014, In : History 

Dogs have been used in war for many years. Britons, Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans all used large breeds of dog for scouts, tracking, and battle. Attila the Hun used giant Molossian dogs during his campaigns. Roman armies used entire companies of large Molossian dogs to devastate enemy warriors. These dogs would have spiked collars and mail armour, fitted to them to cause utter mayhem! 

WW1

It was in WW1 that the Red Cross wanted to use Ambulance dogs to locate injured soldiers. Dogs were used a...


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A Short History of Dog Collars

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : History 

Dog Collars have been in use by mankind for thousands of years. Images can be found in Ancient Egyptian paintings dating back to 3500BC. These collars were made from leather and had the dogs name on them. The Ancient Greeks used dogs to protect their livestock and used large spiked collars. The Ancient Romans were devoted to their dogs, and collars have been found with with messages in them showing appreciation to their dogs.

Dogs have been used, and sadly abused, by humans for many years; hu...


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