I would like to
inform everyone that the website is still up to
provide some information on collections of our
forefathers. As for the actual operation it closed
its doors (office) in 2006 with James
Rubinfine's failing health. This may be causing some
confusion with the site still visible. I get
inquiries several times a year asking about products
we had and are no longer available.
HISTORICAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT like
the statement says "Research
& field trials in the manner of our forefathers,
before production" is just that. After good
documentation with research on a given item has been
completed, a sample may be made and worked with
(field tested) to see if that item is worthy of
being reproduced and made available to the public,
then researched to see how marketable that item is
(will it sell). HRD would produce models, schematics
(blue prints) and documentation of the item to those
that produce such things with like quality and
offered to a marketing group to whole-sale that
Sounds like a lot
for making something period correct, but that is how
this sport has grown with the dedicated reenactor,
historian and history buff. Those that want correct
equipage to experience the chosen time frame that
they were interested in.
We had some good
folks involved in the HRD;
Morris "Historical Society"
(Retired) St. Louis, MO. [Deceased] 2007
Rubinfine "An Earlier Time"
magazine (Retired) - New England states. [Deceased]
Eaton "The Colonial Society"
magazine (Retired) Williamsburg, VA. [Deceased]
Conner "Clark & Sons Mercantile”
Smith from the "Pennsylvania
Historical Society" (Retired) [Deceased]
"Captain Hook" Thompson "African
Trade Inc", "Buckhorn
Colorado. [Deceased] 2009
were several others friends of Concho's that I had
not had the pleasure of meeting.
were all experienced in a number of different areas
of living history, museums, historical societies,
etc., we were given a subject to investigate,
research, document and then report our findings to
HRD, it was found the time doesn't warrant the pay
(more of a love of doing research and just learning
about our forefather's and what life was like living
that went through the research and were manufactured
Century Men's Clothing (breeches, long pants,
shirts, watch coats, weskits, frocks, stockings,
hats and caps).
Century Eyeglasses ranging from 1740 to 1800
a dozen items scheduled but canceled when James shut
everything down. You would have liked the trade guns,
knives, and small accourtrements that were carried in
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
was a great idea for the buyer as well as the supplier
knowing the item was correct in every way possible
would do it again with a new team if the chance was
you for asking and please spread the word that HRD is
no longer open.