Re: Finger guards
- Ascham (16th Century) documents the shooting glove in Toxophilus but
this is later than you are asking. Hugh Soar in his document "The
Crooked Stick" has a picture of a youth tab that I think he dates back
to the 15th or 16th century.
As for 12th to 13th, I would expect that gloves, tabs, and bare fingers
were used. Gloves (generic) go back a fair way and will give you a
better release than bare fingertips even if the the weight of the bow
isn't a problem. They might have just been regular gloves not three
finger gloves or what Ascham describes.
There is an SCA guild for glove makers, I believe, that might have a
more definite answer.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Alaric de Colville" <awilisch@...>
> I've been curious about what might have been used as finger guards for
> drawing the string in the 12th or 13th century? Would they have just
> used a glove, or perhaps strips of leather? Or would they have used
> --Alaric de Colville