Reenactors who have their shit together, unit highlight
22nd Regiment of Foot, Light company
Diagram of a Royal Navy 3rd rate ship of the line from the Cyclopaedia, Vol 2 (which was published in 1728). The Cyclopaedia was one of the very first encyclopedias to ever be published and was immensely popular throughout the 18th century—George Washington is known to have had an edition of it at Mt. Vernon for example.
(I’ve previously blogged about the Cyclopaedia here.)
The original meaning of horse power: a throwster uses equine muscles to move a gigantic machine for spinning plant fibres into yarn prior to the weaving process of making fabric. Learned a new word today: “throwster,” “one who twists silk fibres [or other fibres, such as flax] into raw silk or raw silk into thread, a silk-throwster; originally, a woman who did this” (OED online). This image is from Dennis De Coetlogon, An Universal History of Arts and Sciences; Or, A Comprehensive Illustration, Definition, and Description of All Sciences, Divine and Human; and of All Arts, Liberal and Mechanical (London: J. Hart, 1745).
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Fraunces Tavern, built in 1719, is the earliest of the 18th century buildings still standing in Manhattan. It is notable as the location from which George Washington said farewell to his officers after the departure of British soldiers from New York City in 1783, and as the space in which the…
Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1665-1747), Searcher for Fleas (1720s), oil on canvas, 41 x 55 cm. Collection of Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Belgian flintlock pistol with spring loaded bayonet, late 18th century.