Bodgeramour, David Hodgson, East Barn, Morley Rd, Moulton St Mary, Nr. Acle, Norfolk NR 13 3NQ; (01493) 751-756. Knives, spoons, weaponry, pins, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Chivalry Sports, (800) 730-5464. General renaissance supplies. Not the highest quality.

Robert deLisle, Blacksmith, 165 N. Main St., Florence, MA 01060; (413) 585-8825. Various hardware, specialising in 17c styles.

The Dragon’s Hoarde, James M. Keith, 3100 Franor Avenue, Alton, IL 62002-2933; (618) 462-3336. Horn spoon and horn supplier.

G. Gedney Godwin, Box 100, Valley Forge, PA 19481; (610) 783-0670. A supplier of goods primarily for the Revolutionary War groups; carries a very complete line of camping equipment, as well as some items for 17c.

Historic Enterprises, 17228 Voorhes Lane, Ramona, CA 92065-7109; (760) 789-2299, High quality goods including custom knives, shoes, badges, dress accessories, pottery, and horn lanterns.

Jas. Townsend and Son, PO Box 415-W, Pierceton, IN 46562; (219) 594-5852. Suppliers of wares to 18c re-enactors.

Merchant Adventurers, 7341 Etiwanda Ave., Reseda, CA 91335; (818) 342-3482. Carries a variety of Elizabethan items, including stockings, cards, pipes, coins, dice, jewelry, etc.

Plimoth Plantation Museum Shop, (508) 746-1622 ext. 332. Carries a number of reproductions and books on the 17th century as well as heirloom seeds. There is a discount for Plimoth members.

Re-Enactment Eyeware, Don Griffin, 1738 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701; (570) 322-9849, Carries 18-19c style glasses & will do lenses for them too.

Smoke and Fire Co., PO Box 166, Grand Rapids, OH 43522; (419) 832-0303. Carries goods for re-enactors, primarily 18c.

Spears, Sword and Sutlery, Brad Spear, 141 Highland Park Cir, Brunswick, Georgia 31523, (912) 554-0278. Carries a number of Elizabethan items, including knives, swords, powder flasks, and various knickknacks.

The Practical Goose. Mike Tartaglia, 1 Evergreen Ave, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234; (609) 653-1271, A purveyor and maker of quality wares for the re-enactor, including some fine reproduction delftware, glasses, pins, etc.

Sweetness & Light, Mary and Malcolm Fisher, 38 St Martin’s View, Leeds LS7 3LB; phone/fax (0113) 262-1201. Makers of wax and tallow candles and other lighting accessories, as well as weaving tablets, bone and brass needles, wooden spectacles, and straw skeps.

Syke’s Sutlering, PO Box 335, Claremont, VA 23899; 757-866-8819, Supplies goods for 17c recreation.

Track of the Wolf, Inc., 18308 Joplin Street N. W., Elk River, MN 55330; (773) 633-2500, Suppliers of equipment primarily for 18c and 19c; also carry matchlock parts and a kit, as well as some useful camping gear (eg. A-frame tents, marquees, barrels, etc).

Above checked 5/20/2013

Arms and Armour

Albion Small Arms

      , Proprietor Ron Curley, 21 Green Lane, Shelfield, Walsall, West Midlands, WS4 1RN, England; (01922) 684-964.

      Good quality pieces, reasonable prices. Proper hexagonal-breech barrels can be had by special order, as can pretty much any other details.

Armour Class

      , Unit 13, Block 5, New Albion Industrial Site, Halley Street, Yoker, Glasgow, G13 4DJ, SCOTLAND; (0141) 951-2262

      . Good quality and reasonably priced swords, armour, and accessories.

Bailiff Forge

      , J. E. Denbigh, Unit 53, Colne Valley Workshops, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5QG; (0484) 846 973. Carries a good line of swords, scabbards and hangers, swords around £80, +£25 for good finish.

Black Rose Creations

      (Terry M. Marr), 7 Devonshire Dr., Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-7111; (609) 926-1297

      . Carries what may be the most affordable schlager-blade rapiers (lighter than full-size rapier blades, but of a size that was apparently not unknown in the period).

John Buck

      , RD 3 Box 129B, Floyd, VA 24091; (703) 639-5330. Produces calivers and other firearms; good prices.

Del Tin Armi Antiche SNC

      . Via dei Fabbri 13, I-33085 Maniago PN, Italy; ++39 (427) 72-550

      . Makers of quality reproduction weapons.

Derek R. Cole

      , 35 Scotland Close, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 7BR, England. Good reproduction armour; helms run around US$150, back and breastplates slightly more.

Darkwood Armory

      , Scott Wilson, 5514 Frank Hough Rd., Panama City, FL 32404; (904) 872-1873

      . Rapiers (c$175 with Schlager blade), Daggers, Fencing helms, Gorgets, and all sorts of other metalwork. Custom work also.

Historic Arms and Armour

      , 17228 Voorhes Lane, Ramona, CA 92065; (760) 789-2299. High quality armour.

Robert MacPherson

      , 520 Adam Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850; (607) 277-0253. An armourer of the first rate. Prices are not low, but workmanship is of the best, and his commitment to historical authenticity is impeccable.

New World Arbalest

      , 201 West Crestland Dr., Austin, TX 78752-2427; (512) 453-2628,

      . Produces high-quality crossbows.


      . Adam William, 42 Winter St., Bangor, ME 04401; (207) 945-4557,

      . Carries a line of decent swords.

Museum Replicas

      , Box 1840 Conyers, GA 30207; 1-800-241-3664/404-922-3700. Suppliers of a range of medieval and Renaissance arms and armour; quality is mixed and service is not exemplary.

The Rifle Shoppe

      . Bob and Jess Melot, 18420 East Hefner Rd, Jones, OK 73049; (405) 396-2583,

      . Carries parts for matchlocks, wheellocks, and snaphaunces.


      , 465 South Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631; (201) 871-3105. Suppliers of modern fencing goods.

J. S. Schroter Antique Arms

      , P.O. Box 10794, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; (800) 838-2024. Suppliers of a goodly range of quality period arms and armour.

Scottie Armory

      , P.O. Box 278, Peoria, AZ 85380; (602) 284-2280,

      . Suppliers of swords and other equipment.

Triplette Competition Arms

      , 101 E. Main Street, Elkin, NC 28621; (336) 835-7774. Carries modern fencing supplies: service is excellent.

Wilson, William

    , C.R. Designs, Box 1215, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Musket kits and information.

Books, Facsimile

Acanthus Books

      , 830 W. Main Street, #150 Lake Zurich, IL 60047, (847) 726-9811,

      . Supplier of books on a variety of cooking and kitchen-related topics.

Caliver Books

      , 26 Cliffsea Grove, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1NQ ENGLAND; 0702-73986. A supplier of books on the 16-17 centuries for the use of military re-enactors: much of their stock is military, but they also carry a large and highly useful collection of titles on other activities.

Falconwood Press

      , 193 Colonie St., Albany, NY 12210-2501. Carries an excellent series of reprints of 16th and 17th century works, especially on household and military subjects.


    , Patri J., 39 Capen St., Medford, MA 02155 (617) 396-2870. The best source for Renaissance fencing manuals.

Clothing and Hats

Black Sheep Woolens

      , Hilde Benscheimer Rte 1 Box 800, Dexter, ME 04930. Makes excellent woolen socks frame-knitted on something fairly close to a 17c style; reasonable prices, especially on bulk orders.

Black Swan Designs

      . Gwen Nowrick, 17228 Voorhes Lane, Ramona, CA; (760) 789-2299.


      . Reproduction garments; also makes blackwork trim.

Kristie Buckland

      , Chippenham Gate St, Monmouth, Gwent NP5 3DH ENGLAND. The best supplier of reproduction knitted caps.

Cathy’s Creations

      , Cathy Buckle, 104 – 930 North Park Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 1C6 CANADA; Phone: (604) 384-9454;

      A maker of 16c clothing.

Dirty Billy’s Sutlery

      , Bill and Fran Wickham; 410-775-1865. Carries a ‘Spanish Armada hat’ (a reproduction of the fashionable high-crowned hat of the late Elizabethan period) for $75.

Elizabeth’s Wardrobe,

      Dawn L. Allee, 121 Mike’s Way, Leander, TX 78641; (512) 260-3740,

      . Custom-made clothes; also carries playing cards.


      , 20 N. Springfield Rd., Clifton Heights, PA 19018 USA; (215) 623-2620. Carries an extensive line of finished and unblocked hats, many suitable for 16c.

Deborah Jarrett

      , 1475 Sumneytown Pike, Harleysville, PA 19438; (215) 287-6939. A maker of historical clothes.

Of Another Time,

    Louise J. Craig, PO Box 5246, St Augustine, FL 32085-5246; (904) 824-4138. A maker of Elizabethan and 17c clothes.

Coinage and Cast Items

Billy and Charlie’s Pewter Goods

      , Marianne Hansen, 520 Adam Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. Fine quality pewter badges and belt fittings.

Farner Foundry

      , Rte. 2, Box 542, Astoria OR 97103; (503) 458-6246. A custom caster of pewter, brass, and bronze; carries a number of useful wares and pieces.

Richard Lanni,

      PO Box 4174, DeLand, FL 32724. Buckles, belt fittings and sliders for sword hangers.

NOTE:Darkwood Armory

      has, I believe, purchased the remainder of this gentleman’s inventory and is looking into producing some more stock. Stay tuned.

Museum Reproductions

      , 52 Stonehills Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire, England, WA7 5UL; 01928 566689 Produces reproduction coinage; quality and prices look promising, although we haven’t tried them in person yet. Elizabethan sixpence £1.99, shilling £1.99, Charles I shilling £1.99.


      Ian Skipper, 32 Ladbroke Rd., Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 1HX; (081) 367 5877,

      . Carries coins, accessories, certainly to be relied on for authenticity.

Ragnhild the Monier,

      Claire A. Rutiser, 3855 Blair Mill Rd., Apt 244, Horsham, PA 19044; 215-672-7284,

Kitchen Supplies and Ceramics

Bel Vasaio Ltd

      , PO Box 189, East Orleans, MA 02643-0189; (800) 962-7061. Carries fine Majolica-style ceramics, albeit expensive.


      . 2900 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039; (800) 348-6608. Carries fine Majolica-style ceramics; also rather expensive.

Goose Bay Workshop

      , Dept. W, 990 Greenwood Rd., Crozet, VA 22932. Wonderful reproduction tinware, copperware and brass.

Julia Smith

      , 32 Churchill Ave. Arlington, MA 02476; (781) 648-2875.

      ; A first-rate maker of pottery, specialising in styles of the 17c.

Starhammer Arts Magickal

    . 412 Greenwood, Ft. Wayne, IN 46808. Don’t let the name fool you. Carries a number of good reproduction ceramics.


Bryn Gwlad Music Guild Playbook


      . Excellent sheet music editions of several renaissance and tudor selections.

Cooperman Fife and Drum Co

      ., P. O. Box 276, Centerbrook, CT 06409; (203) 767-1779. Suppliers of instruments to North American re-enactors; they will also do 16c and 17c drums. Their work is all of high quality, their attitude professional.

Country Dance and Song Society

      , 132 Main St., PO Box 338, Haydenville, MA 01039-0338, (413) 584-9913. Carries books and recordings relating to country dances.

The Early Music Shop

      , 38 Manningham Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1BR ENGLAND. Carries a very nearly exhaustive line of period instruments, both finished and kits, as well as written music.

The Early Music Shop of New England

      , 59-65 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02146 USA; (617) 277-8690. Perhaps the foremost early music shop in North America, carrying many of the goods of their namesake in England, as well as other new and used instruments.

Harms Historical Percussion

      , Ben Harms, 91 Branch Rd., New Marlborough, MA 01230 USA; (413) 229-7720; fax (413) 229-2983;
Nonsuch Early Dance

      , Peggy Dixon, 16 Brook Dr., London SE11 4TT; (0171) 735-8353,

    . Carries an admirable series of books and tapes on Renaissance dance.

Shoes and Leatherstuffs

Bainbridge Bootmakers

      (formerly Timefarer Footware), PO Box 2954, Radstock, Bath BA2 0YD ENGLAND; +44(0) 1761 471430,

      . Carries several designs of Elizabethan and 17th-century shoes. Quality is superlative.

Bjarni’s Boots

      , Mark Beabey, The Craft Court, Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT; tel./fax (0113) 245-8824,

      . Makes footwear from a range of periods, as well as all manner of leather accessories, including bottles, purses, belts, buffcoats, and tack.

Buzzard’s Nest

      , William Ruppert, Jr., PO Box 146, Barhamsville, VA 23011; (757) 566-2259. Good quality reproduction leather flasks, jacks, pouches, etc.

John A. Dauer Leather Co. Inc.

      , 61 Elm St. PO Box 29, Hatfield, MA 01038; (413) 247-3141. This fellow makes the most accurate buff leather we have seen. Though pricy it is beautiful to behold!

Fayrfax and Co

      ., Tim Brown & Amy Maynard, 349 Grant Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13206,

      . Carries some reproduction leatherwork, especially flasks.

Kevin Garlick

      , 21 South St., Ventnor, Isle of Wight; (01983) 854-753. Good reproduction shoes.

Sarah B. Juniper

      , Cordwainer, 109 Woodmancote, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 4AH, UK; (01453) 545-675. Handsewn reproduction boots and shoes.

Plantagenet Shoes

      , Morgan Hubbard, 82 Cozens Hardy Rd., Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 8QG ENGLAND; Norwich (0603) 414045,

      . A maker of shoes for re-enactment.

Istvan Kostka (Ted Fleming), Shoemaker,

      1623 Lincoln, Topeka, KS 66604; (913) 233-8663. Does not appear to have any specifically Elizabethan shoes in his catalogue, but seems willing to do custom work.

Wild Oats,

    2535 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651; (714) 497-1555. Makes Elizabethan-style shoes: quite authentic-looking from the top, but with rubber soles

Tents and Furniture

Heart of the Wood

      , P.O. Box 3031, Plymouth, MA 02361; (508) 747-1029,

      . Reproduction furniture–comes highly recommended.

Gary Macey

      , 504 North Main St., Mt. Airy, MD 21771; (301) 831-5173. Reproduction furniture.

Panther Pavilions

      ; (304) 462-7718. Carries an extensive line of period tents.


      , 4221 Livesay Rd., Sand Creek, MI 49279; (517) 436-6245. Makers of high-quality period tents.


    , Box 1748 87 Main St., Conway, NH 03818. (603) 447-2344. Carries an extensive line of period tents.

Textile Supplies

Burnley & Trowbridge

      , 108 Druid Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185; (757) 253-1644,

      . Carries good and reasonably priced woolen, linen, and linsey-wolsey fabrics, as well as linen tape and other useful fabric supplies.

J. L. Cooke

      , 3 Ronald Circle, Spencerport, NY 14559; (716) 352-4730. Supplies woolen and linen fabrics suitable for historical use.

Costume and Dressmaker

      , 4500 19th St. #198, Boulder, CO 80304-0619, (303) 546-6223. Source for pinkers.

Cross Creek Valley Wool Mill

      , RD 2, Avella, PA 15312; (412) 587-3222. An excellent source of wool batting for quilts and mattresses.

Daisy Chain

      , PO Box 1258, Parkersburg, WV 26102, (304) 428-9500. Needlework and sewing supplies such as kidskin embroidery leather, spun and twisted silk yarns, real metal threads.

Dharma Trading Co.

      , PO Box 150916, San Rafael, CA 94915, (800) 542-5227. Fabric dyes and plenty of undyed silk and linen.

      , 4811 S. Eastern Ave, Bell, CA 90201, (888) 482-2677. Cheap linen and good turn around time.

Glimakra Looms ‘n Yarns

      , 1304 Scott St., Petaluma, CA 94954-1181; (707) 762-3362. Wool and linen thread and yarn.

Hamilton Adams

      , Import Limited, 104 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018; (212) 221-0800. Carries a selection of high quality linen and cotton/linen blends.

Hedgehog Handworks

      , P.O. Box 45384, Westchester, CA 90045, (888) 670-6040. Gold and silver threads and spangles of all sizes.

K & K Historic Fabrics

      , Dennis Krowe, 2372 Rose St., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. One of North America’s best suppliers of historic woolen fabrics.

Knight’s Thread Express

      , 75 McIntire Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260, (888) 826-1519. Supplier of silk and wool embroidery threads as well as linens and canvases for embroidery.

Shama Imports, Inc.

      , P.O. Box 2900, Farmington Hills, MI 48333, (248) 478-7740. Hand-embroidered crewel fabrics straight from India, in a number of period Elizabethan & Jacobean patterns.

Silk Road, Inc.

      , 3910 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, USA 78756; (512) 302 0844. Good source for silk and other fabrics.

Textile Reproductions

      , Box 48, West Chesterfield, MA 01084; (413) 296-4437. An excellent source of sewing goods, including linen thread and wool batting suitable for quilts and mattresses.

Thistle Hill Weavers

      . RD 2 Box 75, Cherry Valley, NY 13320; (518) 284-2729. Produces a high-quality line of historical fabrics with many applicable to 16-17c, including worsteds and linsey-woolsey; particularly strong in fine and patterned fabrics.

Timeless Textiles

      , (302) 838-9448. Good selection of coat weight wools, a bit slow in delivery.

Trident Industrial Products Corp

      , 8555 W. McNab Road, Tamarac, FL 33321-3209; (800) 327-1830). Carries a wide selection of `industrial fabrics’ including several grades of canvas; treated, and untreated. Samples available.

Ulster Weaving Company Limited

      , 148 Madison Avenue (at 32nd St.), New York, NY 10016; (212 684-5534) Large selection of linen; many colors, many weights.

Van Sciver Bobbin Lace

      , 130 Cascadilla Park, Ithaca, NY 14850; (607) 277-0498. Linen thread and lace supplies.

Wooded Hamlet Designs

      , Mary Woodhams-Wagner and Kenneth Wagner, 4044 Coseytown Rd., Greencastle, PA 17225; (717) 597-1782,

    . Excellent period trimmings.

Last updated on Februrary 27, 2004