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58552Re: simple wire jewelry

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  • arianederennes
    Mar 24, 2011
      (I really should keep up with these groups, I just found your question tonight.) I can't answer your question, I'm not much into wirework (but would love to see medieval wire jewelry). The folks on the Dunstan list might be able to help you. It's dedicated to metal arts, mostly jewelry. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Dunstan/

      I hope this has helped you at least a little. Good luck in your search.


      --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Tiffany Brown <teffania@...> wrote:
      > The museum of London Book "Dress acessories" and the recently free to
      > download york archeology "Finds from Medieval York" both describe some
      > simple varieties of English medieval jewelry made from wire by twisting.
      > Rings, broaches, the odd hair acessory, they all share in common that the
      > tools and materials required to reproduce them are generally only wire and
      > pliers, and most are very cheap lower class stuff, some probably childrens'
      > jewelry, spanning several hundred years of artifacts.
      > I have a local competition for tudor or elizabethan jewelry, and I was
      > wondering if anyone had heard of any later finds of simple wire jewelry.
      > All the resources I can find on the net deal with rather higher class
      > jewelry (or even middle class), and being well out of my time period, my
      > books are rather useless. I can follow up non-obscure books, or research
      > leads (although I'd hate to make this a major project), but I'm afraid I'm
      > rather out of my time period, and have no grounding in what is available.
      > I've already found what photos the British museum has online of the
      > cheapside hoard (the 16-17th C one, not the 11th C one), but all wire stuff
      > appears to be enamelled or encrusted with jewels (fake or real), which is
      > logical if this was a jeweller's hoard.
      > I'm not expecting the physical artifacts to be the same, but with such a
      > simple concept as twisting wire, I'd be surprised if this wasn't used in
      > some simple manner in post medieval England. Has anyone encountered anything
      > like this? Or any other form of really simple cheap homemade sort of
      > practically throwaway jewelry from 16th C England?
      > thanks,
      > Teffania
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