58792Re: Dog collars in period
- Jul 18, 2011What kind of dog do you want the collar for? What's the purpose for the collar?
There are a couple types of collars I've run across in my research.
Usually red, sometimes gold, collar with gold rumbler bells.
Collar is probably leather. Bells may be cast or shaped from sheet. Native American suppliers have decent replicas of the shaped type. Falconry supply has decent cast. These collars are for smaller pets (dogs, ferrets, even a young pig :) Many images of small sighthounds with these. Popular on the little dogs on tomb effigies and interior scenes in art work.
Leather, but some evidence of leather with embroidered velvet covering. Various heights, and details from plain to elaborate. http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/all/the_unicorn_in_captivity/objectview_enlarge.aspx?page=1&sort=6&sortdir=asc&keyword=37.80.6&fp=1&dd1=0&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=0&OID=70007568&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0
There is a fancy version where each end has 3 tabs, the middle tabs buckle together. http://www.dia.org/object-info/75abd25b-aed4-47cc-9698-236bc3eeef25.aspx?position=2
There are a number of variants on this, but here's the basic example
Zoom in on the collars. Probably a leather collar, middle tab on each side is attached to a chain. Middle of chain attached to the leash. Buckle on right side adjusts tightness. Pull on the ring and the collar tightens, release and it losens. Very useful with sighthounds whose necks are as big as the base of their head. Another example here http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/devonshire-hunting-tapestries/#
My best guess is made of metal or stiff leather (OOP examples at Leeds are metal, some very fancy). Seen mostly (and the tallest ones especially) on sighthounds.
Notice the ring you loop the leash through. OOP examples at Leeds, some where it swivels(!). My current theory is some how the height and stiffness make it hard for the dog to get out of the collar. Haven't tested the idea yet. The ones at Leeds of metal have a hinge on one side and a pin closure on other. A variant has a metal flange with holes that goes over a fixed loop, leash through loop keeps it closed.
There are tons of examples in the artwork once you get used to looking for dogs. Lots of pictures on the Web Gallery of Art. I've been collecting images for close to 10 years. Any museum may have dog collars (statues, tapestries, paintings). Leeds doesn't have much in period collars, most of those are metal spiked collars. but it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood. They published a book, you can inter-library loan for it.
Let me know which style (and time period) you are intersted in and I can help you find more images.
> Does anyone know of any pictures of dog collars between our SCA time period. I
> have found a few, but they are hunting collars. Anyone know of any SCA papers on
> dog collars would help.
> It seems I keep pick subject of little resources.
> Thanks in advance,
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