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Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:34 pm
by dan_vasey
Evening all,

I'm with a 13th century group and tend to portray a Knight on the field. I know it's rather vague but I'm just looking to really look the part/distinguish myself and my girlfriend from 'the rabble'.
Any good suppliers out there for 'accessories' authentic to the 13th century?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:49 pm
by guthrie
Tricky. I haven't bought much myself of that sort of thing, but basically a good shiny brooch is a start, there are various sellers out there, but ultimately you're probably best checking source material like the Museum of London dress accessories book first just to make sure. Then there are rings for instance. And belt bits.
6 of 1 do good rings and IIRC brooches.
Belt accoutrements can be had from some suppliers, obviously need to be shiny brass or bronze.

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:52 pm
by Phil the Grips
Being on a horse'd be a pretty good start

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:46 pm
by Brendan C
Start with the soft kit first - good quality linens and silks (as much decoration as you can)

A good pair of spurs for a knight is a must

Decorated belts, good cloaks and cloak brooches / pins

Keep along those lines, and you'll be fine

Brendan C

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:55 am
by tanyabentham
I agree with Brendan, really good soft kit is a must - theres really no point blinging up your outfit if it's made of the wrong fabric, or a brocade with a pattern not appropriate to your period.

try sartor bohemia for period silk brocades if you want to really bling (avoid the rayons, narsty nasty nasty)
and whatever you do don't skimp if you must have jewels, Get one good thing rather than lots of rubbish. A plain undecorated ring with a single stone is suitable for any period of history, like these ... nd-things/

but a lot of the jewellery traders who frequent markets sell very iffy indian stuff that isn't right at all (and is rarely made to last) gemmaus do straight up repro, but shes expensive because she actually makes stuff herself ( I make my own jewels, but I took a silversmithting course. I don't do commissions though). A simple annular brooch like these is ideal for c13th

although according to lightbown one of the main jewels for a married woman was a heavily embellished belt - I keep ogling an enamelled one I'd love to have to ago at

I was once approached by a woman claiming to be the countess of warwick who appeared to be wearing a car boot sale around her neck...please don't follw her example

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:01 pm
by Brendan C
Fully agree with Tanya's post

Sartor are excellent, but be warned - not exactly cheap!

Be wary when it comes to jewellry - a little is good, but from what I've seen, they did not go overboard for that in the 12th / 13th century. The annular brooches are spot on

Check manuscripts illustrations and look at some of the more quality reenactment group photos

Take your time and get it right - best approach

Good luck Dan!

Brendan C