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  1. Mad Michael

    Any good sources on daily life in Mexican California?

    Bob, Thank You for the comment. I have found most of the copies are like that, at one point I owned three copies, donated one to a library, still have one, and loaned one to a friend who up and moved taking a couple(well, six but who counts) of my books with him. Yes, you had mentioned the book...
  2. Mad Michael

    Any good sources on daily life in Mexican California?

    Uh, No! He was the first Non-Hispanic European descended person in the valley, as opposed to the Hispanic European descended and the indigenous Wappo. If memory serves it was Mariano Vallejo that encouraged him to move to the Napa Valley and helped him obtain a land grant from Gov. Nicholas...
  3. Mad Michael

    Cap not tight on nipple

    Yes Sir I sure did. Apologies to the post. But I am Mad Michael.
  4. Mad Michael

    Cap not tight on nipple

    Elkhorse Am I missing something here, Have you tried a different nipple? On my CVA rifle I have the best luck with a Hot Shot Nipple and RWS Dynamit/nobel caps. Am I making the wrong assumption, are you taking about a single shot pistol or a revolver? If a revolver ignore above comment and...
  5. Mad Michael

    Tool question

    What Brokennock says is true. Without falling to far down a etymological hole, That particular punch is designed to produce one of the variations on a round braid lacing, all of which look something like this: note how the leather goes around the edge creating a new one. Stitching per se...
  6. Mad Michael

    Tool question

    As brokennock noted this particular one is for punching holes for lacing. They come in different widths on the chisels for different size lace. I've about 3 of that kind on my leather working bench. The lower end models have a tendency to bend if used in thick or stiff leather. Ones for...
  7. Mad Michael

    This old gun !

    According to the USPS themselves the earliest use of Ky as an abbreviation for Kentucky was 1831. Yes it is true that the USPS standardized all abbreviations for states in 1963 not to facilitate ease in identifying a state, although it is true that all kinds of different abbreviations were used...
  8. Mad Michael

    This old gun !

    Yes, and he was indeed partnered with a Moses Dickson through out most, if not all of that time. They usually outsourced the lock to a separate white smith and they are usually marked near the hammer. Frequently "Glouster" or "C. Baker", I can't state this as a thing that happened 100% of the...
  9. Mad Michael

    Leather knee breeches

    Andy: I have no experience with this pattern or patterns from this company. I have patterns for knee britches from Pegee of Williamsburg, Past Patterns, and Eagle View. While this warning does not apply to you the one from Peggy Abbott (Pegee) is probably the most difficult to use and...
  10. Mad Michael

    Black walnuts

    Yes we have, It is kind of serial thing. You set the washers so that it is just barely tight enough to crack them. reset them 1/2 washer smaller and do it again. Then push the limits of your vocabulary as you pick the meat pieces out of the shells and wondering why you did this. Unlike...
  11. Mad Michael

    Black walnuts

    If one needs to crack a lot of nuts, my wife and I bought this device 7 years ago we have used it to crack walnuts, pecans, almonds, peach pits, black walnuts and acorns. It is hand cranked. This particular one was called DAVEBUILT after it's inventor, Dave who was fairly well known amongst...
  12. Mad Michael

    Need help with my new hat.

    One can look at this web site. It does not go into the why of hat design, but it does have a large amount of pictures of 18th century hats that are still extant: https://www.scribd.com/document/250897705/Clothing-Male-Hats There are a large number of other pamphlet type information on things...
  13. Mad Michael

    Sad news - Zonie has passed

    I too never had the pleasure of meeting the gentleman. His absence has been missed already. It was incredible how he was even handed in doing what he did on this forum and the mass of knoweldge he had accumulated and shared with us. He presented himself as a man of great light, courage...
  14. Mad Michael

    Alcohol source

    Section 23403 thus expressly prohibits the retail sale (without a prescription) of undenatured alcohol that is an alcoholic beverage (for example, grain neutral spirits) that is in excess of 60 percent alcohol by volume (120 proof). An alcoholic beverage that is not itself simply alcohol as...
  15. Mad Michael

    Alcohol source

    I believe the proof restriction in California is a County thing, While I don't buy Everclear® I regularly purchase a Polish Vodka Spirytus Rektyfikowany® Which is 96% or 192 proof for use in making fluid extracts of Plants and the like as well as various Shao Lln lineaments. I keep a liter in...
  16. Mad Michael

    Strange advise

    Back in the dark ages it did come in a round cardboard container. Before the factory blew up the first and second times.
  17. Mad Michael

    Lewis & Clark - Corps of Discovery

    When I was falling down a Corps of Discovery hole, I came into and read the three volume Dover Publications entitled The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and Edited by Elliott Coues. It is a condensation of the four volume 1893 Frances Harper...
  18. Mad Michael

    History correct?

    Yes, I am well acquainted with said tome, did not mention it because "The Forme of Cury' is a general cookbook and not about curry as we know or define the word. In this case the word cury is a Middle English transliteration of the Middle French word "cuire"--to cook. Have you had the...
  19. Mad Michael

    History correct?

    Good on you! I will grant that the colonial period is probably to early for widespread Curry in North America, except maybe in areas frequented by members of the Royal Navy and ships of the dishonorable East India Company, who were give credit for spreading "curry" around the world. Chilies...
  20. Mad Michael

    History correct?

    Like curry
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