William wrote:guthrie wrote:As for doing things to perfection, reading the MoL book on costume accessories, it seems there were plenty of accessories etc that were not perfect in any way, whether by cheap casting or badly finished.
Whilst this is true, and many items were mass-produced, don't forget that the majority of the dress accessories in the Museum of London are from a medieval rubbish dump. These things have been thrown away, and it's possible that badly cast examples are more likely to have ended up here (and thus been preserved for us), than the finer ones.
yes, but the same thing is found in later periods where things weren't dumped.
and again, in extant medieval garments that are survivals from other locations.
if you can see it, it's well done, if you can't it's terrible seems to be the general rule (i.e. they did thing sjust the way we do now)