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There’s a 1,200-year-old Phone in the Smithsonian Collections By Neil Baldwin

One of the earliest examples of ingenuity in the Western Hemisphere is composed of gourds and twineFrom the Smithsonian National Museum of…

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0 Feb 5, 2014

Medieval & Renaissance Inventions by Poppy Whiteheart

A lot of Inventions and knowledge was suppressed in the early part of the Medieval age by the Christians as work of the devil or later as…

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1 Oct 13, 2012
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10 Bizarre Torture Methods

In Medieval times, they sought out ways to cut back on crime. Instead of letting the criminals sit in a jail cell, like today, they would u…

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16 Mar 8, 2011
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The Cat’s Paw (also Spanish tickler)

            About as large as four fingers of a man’s hand, these devices, usually attached to a short handle, served to rip the victim’s…

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1 Feb 3, 2011
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The Iron Maiden

  The iron maiden, often styled after the Madonna or a favorite daughter, was more an instrument of execution than torture. The device eit…

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1 Feb 3, 2011
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The Pear

    The pear was a device that expanded after being inserted orally, anally, or vaginally.  It was used to rupture the sensitive membranes…

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1 Feb 3, 2011
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The Breast Ripper

Cold or red-hot, the four claws slowly ripped to formless masses the breasts of countless women condemned for heresy, blasphemy, adultery…

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1 Feb 3, 2011
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The Chair of Spikes

The purpose of this device is fairly obvious.  The victim is made to site on the chair with the straps tightening to drive the spikes into…

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1 Feb 3, 2011
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Anvils and Anvil Types

(See Full Image.)       The anvil is the primary tool of blacksmiths and one of the few tools that most blacksmiths will purchase…

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0 Jan 31, 2011

A Chronology of the Furniture Influencing

The Pre-Christian Era The Egyptian is the earliest mode, and is divided into Early Egyptian (4000 B.C. to 1525 B.C.) and the Theban (1557…

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0 Jan 30, 2011



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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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