Posted by Clabair on May 15, 1999 at 11:36:33:
In Reply to: Jute = Authentic? posted by Parker on May 15, 1999 at 00:11:38:
: Just wondering if anybody knows if Jute is an authentic material for 18th century re-enactors. I know it makes good tinder, and it would be handy to carry a hank of jute twine in the ol' fire kit, but I don't want to do it if it's not period. Thanks.
>>>> Clabair can't access the board at the moment but asked to have this posted, Parker.
Yes, jute is authentic for the 18th century. During the recovery of a sunken French ship off the coast of Canada, a large supply of ammo for the cannon was found. The French knew that captured shot was a God send but most of it was smaller than their guns. What they did was bring a large supply of wooden plugs (called sabots) cut to fit French artillery. What was found was a number of fixed shot in that a smaller ball was placed on top of a sabot and wrapped in a heavy linen and tied with a small cord. The cord was found to be jute twine. It must have been pretty common if it was used for cannon fodder.
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