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Due to a change in job circumstances and the need to buy materials for the new house, we are selling our rather spiffy medieval tent as seen here on the left.

It's a Vic James tent, made from 100% cotton duck canvas, and has been fully waterproofed.  All materials are historically accurate, down to the carved tentpegs.  We had it made without pelmet scalloping as we asked Vic to model it on some of the contemporary paintings, and couldn't find primary evidence of square sided tents with scalloping!  Of course the lack of scalloping also makes it perfectly acceptable in any time period up to the Napoleonic wars...

It's 12' x 18' inside, and has a rigid wall-pole system which holds the walls taut and allows for shelves, wall-hangings etc. to be suspended from the walls.  For the time that we used it, we used the left-hand third of the tent as a children's area and curtained it off for privacy.  This type of tent is perfect for that kind of "bedroom creation".

It is easy to raise, but does need two people.  We've managed it with one adult and a nine year old before now, but nine year olds get rather distracted, so I'd really recommend another adult.

This tent has had very little use - we took it out for two very short seasons (three or four events at most), and then Tim's music took off, so we just couldn't make it away on a regular basis.  It's a shame to have it sat there unused, so it's time to move it on to another home.

Something of this size would cost well in excess of £1200 from Past Tents these days.  I don't know what Vic is charging these days, as he's never needed to advertise, and this tent was a special anyway.  We'd love to get £800 for it, but if it goes to friends/nice people then we could take £700.

For a few more pictures (including inside), my flickr set is here:

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.  All donations to the "get some corrugating sheeting on their bloody roof before Tim drowns" fund gratefully received :-)

Date: 2010-08-24 09:39 am (UTC)
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I'll point this out to people at club tonight. We've got a few new members who are looking for tentage at the moment.

Date: 2010-08-24 12:19 pm (UTC)
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That is a huge tent - wouldn't it be easier just to move Tim into it until the roof is dealt with?

Date: 2010-08-24 12:23 pm (UTC)
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I detest modern little tents that you can't stand up in. And fitting in two four poster beds, a table and chairs, clothes chests and so forth meant that I needed something substantial :-) We didn't regret buying it - I only regret not having the time to use it properly! If we get back to re-enacting again, we'll buy something similar... So nice to stand up and walk around without worrying about touching the roof!

Date: 2010-08-24 02:19 pm (UTC)
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What's the height? If the picture shows the long side then I'd guess that the door is around 6ft high and the centre possibly 9ft?

Date: 2010-08-24 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I never took height measurements. Suffice it to say that the ridgepole, when in place, is taller than anyone I know can reach whilst standing on a big box... shows Liam UTMP (who is 6'4"ish at least, I would have thought) being attacked by a fluffy animal outside the tent. So I'd guess door was just under 6ft. From memory, I would say that the ridge height is significantly taller than 9ft, though.

Is it important?

Date: 2010-08-31 12:01 pm (UTC)
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I am very interested but need to speak to Katie about it. Also, we currently are busy buying a house so wouldn't be able to buy it immediately anyway, but if you get no further offers... How small does it pack up, what are the component parts once it has been taken down (as transport will be an issue too) One of us rreally needs to learn to drive soon :s

Date: 2010-08-31 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it would have been a realistic purchase for anyone who didn't drive, anyway. It packed down *big* - you'd need something like a Galaxy or a Sharan to transport it (which is what we did.).

Have fun with the house, though!

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