Re: [Authentic_SCA] Favours for a Fencer
>So has anybody got evidence would be a period appropriate favourA handkerchief, glove or sleeve come to mind.
> for a 16th century persona that I can
>make using my fabric related skills.
A handkerchief as favor plays an important part in Othello.
The Merchant of Venice quote for gloves has previously been posted.
I can't think of a 16th cen reference for sleeves off hand, but sleeves were
certainly given as favors in earlier times and I belive still in the 16th cen.
-Jennifer/Gwendolyn of Middlemarch
- Thanks to everyone for your recommendations. I actually thought of the
handkerchief last night before I read Karen and Jennifer's messages
but its good to know I've got it right. I've decided that as my
embroidery skills are somewhat limited at the moment I'll do some
blackwork around the edge of a handkerchief right now with an aim to
embroider the cuffs of a glove eventually.
I've come up with a design combining elements from our arms based on
these gloves http://www.flickr.com/photos/69933810@N00/4906537725/sizes/l/in/photostream/
which I photographed at the Bath Fashion Museum last year. I could do
the couched cord part of the embroidery with my current skills but the
design in the centre will require some practice.
Thanks again for your help.
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Isn't the use of sleeves-as-favours the source of the maunch as a heraldic charge?
> My lord has recently asked me for a favour that he can carry whenExcellent question, and congratulations for choosing to avoid the tea towel. In
> fencing. It didn't occur to me before but I'm trying to think of
> something at least somewhat period appropriate to give him as a
> favour. I have somewhat limited embroidery skills (so far my only
> successful attempts have been counted blackwork) almost all of my SCA
> efforts tend towards garb making.
> So has anybody got evidence would be a period appropriate favour
> (ignoring debates about whether a man would carry a favour in the SCA
> sense, especially when fencing) for a 16th century persona that I can
> make using my fabric related skills.
addition to the glove, sleeve, and handkerchief already mentioned, Elizabethans
wore a lot of rings, and gave them as tokens of friendship and more. Rings
didn't even have to fit: men sometimes wore a lady's ring on a ribbon, or pinned
to a sleeve. There are several portraits of men in Elizabeth's court wearing
them - Sir Henry Lee is one.
And something I haven't seen used as a specific mark of favor in period, but
which works quite well, is garters. They were near-ubiquitous in period, but
are often omitted in our game. Make them up with a nice pair of reproduction
silver buckles, and even without the tea-towel-style embroidery, you've given
him something special and improved his kit.