Re: [Authentic_SCA] Favours for a Fencer
> 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.