Tudor surgeons' appearance

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Tudor surgeons' appearance

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Can anyone help with info or images of surgeons from the latter half of the 16th century, or very early 17th. I'm particularly looking for info on aprons, and any other visual signifiers of their trade that might set them apart from other folk of the period.

To forestall the deluge of answers, I am already familiar with the Mary Rose surgeon's cap.
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Not a single apron!!

There are medieval picures of monkish surgeons and they have exactly the same sort of plain chasuble as other working Monks.

The problem is nobody wanted to have their picture painted other than in their "Sunday best" !!

The statutes of the London Barber-Surgeons Company, 1555, state that they ought to supply large aprons and sleeves (which would seem to be a seperate item rather than the modern surgical gown laced at the back) for the doctors and demonstrators at an anatomy.

So they did exist!!

But otherwise normal clothes as befitting their station in life

except for Livery:

http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/searc ... ns-Company

surgeons on the left physicians on the right (some idiot engrave it the wrong way round) the original hangs in the Barbers Hall in London.

I hope this is not for the Mary Rose!!

and you had better join this http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chirurgeons/
Will/Dave, the Jolly Box Man and Barber Surgeon

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