Bodgit & Bendit produce a range of fine replicas, pottery, jewellery and other metalwork from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period. These include items made from bone, antler, wood and leather as well as hand sewn clothing and shoes. Orders from clients have included replica cheeses, hams and even log boats.
Originally specialising in objects from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period, we began producing everything that a self respecting Early Medieval person could wish for. Over the last 20 years we have branched out to include many other eras and peoples - Egyptians being our latest venture.
our jewellery is cast in the same manner as the originals were, using
the 'lost wax' process. All pins are spring steel (unless specifically
requested otherwise - some pieces always had pins made of silver or
bronze for example) and are anchored using the same methods that were
used at the time. Although our silver items are all made in sterling
silver, they are supplied unhallmarked in the interests of
authenticity. However, any precious metal item can be hallmarked if
required (P.O.A). Hallmarking can result in a slight delay to normal
production as it has to be sent away for assaying etc and will incur an
extra cost. All our jewellery is available in bronze, silver, gold and
can be hard gilt or gilded to replicate items originally made of gold -
a huge saving...and in the case of hard gilt - long lasting. Some pieces can be made using lead free pewter - but
this would be where the original piece was already in base metal.
Pewter may be cheaper than bronze etc, but it is far more fragile and
not suited to replacing all items originally made of stouter metals. We are happy to consider and quote for any and all commissions.
All our pottery is copied accurately from surviving finds and is based on examples from prehistory to the medieval period. These include both coil built and wheel thrown wares. Most of the glazes from the early medieval period onwards were lead based, giving a slight risk since prolonged use of the pottery could cause the lead to be leached out into the pot's contents... Fortunately, all our glazes are safe and remain accurate in appearance. The majority of the early medieval pottery would have been unglazed (with only the Stamford and Winchester wares commonly glazed originally for instance). In the interests of modern usage, most of our pots are available with a subtle glaze unless it is particularly inappropriate such as with Neolithic pottery for example.
Many of the objects that we replicate are made from the same materials
as they were originally. Wood, leather, bone etc are all sturdy and
long lived mediums and in many cases are quite unique and surprising
additions to handling collections. Most children have never touched,
let alone seen objects made from materials such as antler, horn or
bone. A vast number of the larger objects are made from groups of
materials and not always just from one particular one - even an antler
comb has iron rivets holding it together as a combination. A sword and scabbard might be made from eight different materials for instance.
All of the objects we make are entirely serviceable whatever material they are made from so that log boats float, pots may be cooked with over a fire and bellows will 'bellow'. Only in exceptional circumstances do we alter the materials any artefact is made from. Occasionally some types of wood for instance may have once been common but are now much harder to acquire for a sensible price. As mentioned above, silver can be plated with gold, however ivory and certain gemstones are either far too expensive or their use specifically banned. Mercury gilding could seriously harm you and beaver teeth are difficult to source; also eagle feathers cost the earth - but despite these hurdles we will attempt wherever we can to use the original materials if they can be had which does take us down some strange paths.