Re: Farbery and Farbism?
In brief, although there are instances and episodes, at times, where ragged, worn, torn, and rusty may have briefly applied- it is not PEC or NUG.
I believe the larger part of this "concept" or "belief" arises from the traditions and post War "Lost Cause" romance of the rag-tag and in rags, and worn-out Southern soldier battling the Yankee hoardes- combined with the "reenactorism" that somehow dirty, torn, holed, ripped, begrimed, rusty, and worn out arms and gear is the readily identifiable mark of the "campaigner" and the "veteran reenactor."
I was once handed a "beat and rusty" Italian Enfield that would no longer cock. Upon taking apart the lock, I found that the lock internals had been fused together by rust. When I ask about this of the "F/M" owner, he said he had left it out between reenactments leaning against a tree in the rain so that it "would look authentic."
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
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