Jonathan Waller wrote:Matt can you be more specific? Are you asking about type of feather. Attacbment. Fletching shape? Its a pretty broad subject...
Jonathan Waller wrote:Michel Noir prefers swan. Peacock is mentioned in patent rolls and in various inventories that I have seen.
Dad has fletched arrows with peacock and they perform no worse than others. They have big enough wing feathers to make larger arrows for shooting larger swallow tail hunting heads etc. The mentions in rolls suggest hunting arrows rather than flight arrows.
Goose tends to make a relatively weak fletching, by modern standards when compared to turkey. However a weak fletching may not a bad thing in a war arrow intended to be used only once. Going through the sources there are calls for goose wing feathers to be gathered and the totals suggest that millions would have been gathered. We have to remember that geese were a common domesticated bird and were kept for meat and eggs. They were raised and culled generally twice a year, massive flocks were driven into London. Don't forget that until goose became the trendy Yule novelty in the 19th century goose was the standard food on Christmas day and still is in our house
Certainly goose would be the most commonly available. Peacock would be of course rarer and it colour makes it stand out.
to cause 40,000 wing feathers of geese
to be taken and purveyed with all speed for new making arrows
As regular readers here probably know, I have a pet theory that one of the important elements behind the success of English archery in the 14th-15th centuries was point-blank shooting.
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