Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Savealls or Save-Alls

In the 17th and 18th century, and quite possibly earlier, people used what was called a saveall in order to use all of the candle. The saveall could be a three pronged device for holding a candle stub, or as seen in the sketch below of the girl selling spunks and savealls, they can be square with a spike in the center. These savealls fitted in the top of a normal candle holder.

Sketches by author.

This later 18th or 19th century image shows a different type of saveall, looking more like a gunsmith's hand vise! Perhaps it is?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Loading and Firing A Flintlock Fusil.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mill.

My thanks to Lesley Ward for the links on this article that also led to the video. 
My thanks to Paul Wingfield for this video.

Secluded in the surrey Hillside, near St Martha's church is the old gunpowder works. Chilworth Gunpowder works was established in 1625 by the East India Company and finally closed in 1920. It was worked by a number of private companies and became an important supplier of gunpowder to the Government. A significant number of buildings from the gunpowder factory can still be found. The buildings and area are now looked after by Guildford Borough Council and English Heritage.

Keith's Chilworth Gunpowder container.

Photo By Andrew Norris.

Photo By Andrew Norris.

Photo By Andrew Norris.
“I do not remember to have seen such Variety of Mills and Works upon so narrow a Brook, and in so little a Compass; there being Mills for Corn, Cloth, Brass, Iron, Powder etc.” John Evelyn 1676.