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    Reattaching a button!!! You'll need that skill...

    Reattaching a button!!! You'll need that skill for-sure. It's a remarkable event where I don't pop one.
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    You're on the right track. I like to do some...

    You're on the right track. I like to do some things that the boys would have done that also help me as a reenactor. When my socks got too thin I asked around about how to darn them. I got some really...
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    My very dearest Aunt Sally. You have led us...

    My very dearest Aunt Sally.

    You have led us to pay dirt, ma'am. We contacted Ms. Brackman who has given us some great ideas and inspiration. She's also pointed us to a diamond-piece quilt in the...
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    My dearest Aunt Sally, Thank you for this...

    My dearest Aunt Sally,

    Thank you for this above information regarding War and Piece, and Ms. Brackman. These will be fine places for my good ladywife to start. The pattern she's interested in...
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    He cut a wide swath. And love him or hate him,...

    He cut a wide swath. And love him or hate him, his absence will be noticed.

    I doff my cap to you, sir!
  6. A chicken thigh works just as well, and looks...

    A chicken thigh works just as well, and looks enough like the joint where a thumb connects to the hand to give you a real visceral gut churn.
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    I just sent you a PM.

    I just sent you a PM.
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    Paper Piecing Quilting?

    My wife has very much enjoyed hand-quilting at reenactments over the past couple of years. It seems to really draw in the folks and gives her a chance to interact with them. Lately she's gotten into...
  9. ...where the women are strong, the men are good...

    ...where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children above average.
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    If'n I had ta guess, I'd say it was a soft...

    If'n I had ta guess, I'd say it was a soft cap--not unlike a sleeping cap kind of thing. I wouldn't bet my paycheck on it...

    My first thought too was a kerchief but I don't see a knot.
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    Galvanized Yankees?

    Good morning!

    I'm wanting to do a little reading on Galvanized Yankees. Is there a good book out there like Wiley's Johnny Reb or Billy Yank? I'd like to know a little more about how the average...
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    I did a little research and came up with what I...

    I did a little research and came up with what I already knew. "Hoon" refers to a hooligan in a car. No dice there. I wonder if "sawed-hoon" originally came from "sod-hound" or some-such, and meant...
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    Bernie, this is really neat, and like so much...

    Bernie, this is really neat, and like so much good stuff, it begs a question. What is meant by "sawed-hoon"? (Please don't answer someone opposed to secession).
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    Thanks, everyone. All good points to ponder.

    Thanks, everyone. All good points to ponder.
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    Sage Advice for a Shovel?

    Greetings.

    I recently acquired an old shovel and want to know how best to protect it and still use it at events.

    It's a short-handled transfer, (or what I would call "coal"), shovel, with a...
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    Mighty purty! From a museum/conservation...

    Mighty purty!

    From a museum/conservation standpoint, I'd recommend that it's okay to gently clean it and re-oil it. If it were a part of my museum's collection I would gently disassemble the parts...
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    Bill & Phil: Eloquently worded. Both. Thank...

    Bill & Phil:

    Eloquently worded. Both. Thank you.
  18. As a curator, I'll agree that how badly degraded...

    As a curator, I'll agree that how badly degraded something appears is not always an accurate way to identify age. I've seen any number of artifacts and documents that I'd swear aren't a dozen years...
  19. All-in-all, it's a "what the market will bear"...

    All-in-all, it's a "what the market will bear" sort of thing--what an individual buyer or seller chooses to put up with.

    Each individual votes with their wallet. I, personally, tend to be annoyed...
  20. When I've sold a few things, I've just assumed...

    When I've sold a few things, I've just assumed that the 3% fee is part of the cost of doing business and it doesn't hurt me to lose out on a few bucks. It's no big deal.
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    In my limited experience with salt meats (pork,...

    In my limited experience with salt meats (pork, beef, fish) you need to soak it overnight or boil it, and then throw out that water. Do that a couple of times (although I don't recommend boiling...
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    Thanks for the reminder, Harry. I'm nowhere...

    Thanks for the reminder, Harry.

    I'm nowhere near ready to hang up my traps, but I've been wanting to check out an NSSA event. I'm interested because that sort of thing can help me to improve my...
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    He doesn't talk about sealing it back up, but I...

    He doesn't talk about sealing it back up, but I think that that might have been something our boys wouldn't have worried about. I think that they were dealing with enough men that they could open a...
  24. Jim, if you don't mind my asking, who were these...

    Jim, if you don't mind my asking, who were these guys and from where?
  25. Frank, I was considering asking the same question...

    Frank, I was considering asking the same question myself. Great minds, eh?
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