59202RE: [Authentic_SCA] Table Linens
- Apr 3, 2013Thank you all for the helpful hints about table cloths! That has saved me
researching authentic designs for decorating them! I can just spend my time
hand hemming them!
From: Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Chris Laning
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Authentic_SCA] Table Linens
Yes, it's very disappointing to the embroidery-minded that the "best" table
linens were usually quite plain ;)
The quality of the linen and, sometimes, the elegance of a woven-in design
were apparently the things that mattered most for social status.
On Apr 1, 2013, at 7:26 AM, Laurie Clarkston wrote:
> As far as decorating go, the linen tablecloths would have very little in
the way of decorated items. It would be the plates, cups, silverware, and
candlesticks--you will see this in some of the pictures Karen sent you.
> As far as decorations go: If the house/castle/manor were having important
guests, enough to bring out the bright-white linens, they would also have a
sideboard or table displaying all of their silver plate and/or gold plates
(platters, plates, bowls, candlesticks, pitchers, etc...) lined up to show
> A lot of wealth would have been in plates, platters, and other objects and
not used other than to display before important guest. It would be placed
out in a noted location (much like putting a collection of family pictures
on the fireplace mantle, or on the piano for display--that we do today).
> If they fell on harder times, these items would be sold off, or melted
down and exchanged for coin or goods, since "banking" was not around then,
and having a bag of coins was not always a good thing to keep around, let
O (Dame) Christian de Holacombe, OL - Shire of Windy Meads
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