Re: [SCA-Archery] tassels?
- There is no tassel system in the Outlands that applies specifically to
combat archery. The majority of the combat archers are also target
archers and establish their rankings on the target range. I, for one, do
not wear my tassel when in armor.
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- Greetings Julianna
My Lady made one for me as a token it is of handspun unwashed (nice shade of
brown) wool. The bushy part of the tassel is about six inches long and
makes a nice handfull when you grab it. I use it every time I shoot the
clout for taking the dirt of the arrow points. It works great... the
lanolin(sp) helps to keep rust off the points... the brown color keeps the
dirt and rust from showing. The current English Longbow Society (Hardey"s
long bow book) still uses them.
> Greetings all! I've been a lurker here for awhile now, and I finally havea
> question that I hope can be answered by someone on this list. A friend of
> mine recently earned her novice rank, and I wanted to make her a white
> tassel as a gift and a token of our friendship. Does anyone know the
> specifications for correct SCA tassels? I live in the Outlands, if that
> matters at all.
> Thanks in advance,
> Julianna Alianore de Vitre
- I also carry a tassle off of my quiver to wipe off arrows after they
have been shot in the field. The one that I carry is black,which has no
meaning of rank. In the British longbow Society the colors have specific
meanings. The tassles are awarded at the end of a shoot. Gold is given
to the archer that has hit the gold the most times in a round. White is
given to the archer that has hit the petticoat of the target the most
times(the outer white ring) and Green is given to the archer that has
hit the grass the most times( no one wants the green one). I have won
the gold tassle, but I don't carry it as it is wy too elegant looking
for a sruffy woodsman like myself. I don't know what the colors mean in
different kingdoms in our society(in the East we give badges), but if
you are going to participate in mundane shooting, I thought you may want
to know how the different colors are perceived. An earlier archer stated
that he or she thought that the tassle dated from the 1800's,-possibly
but I seem to recall seeing reference to it going back into the 1700's,
in any case, I don't believe it is period to SCA. Nevertheless, tassles
are a useful and attractive tool for the field archer, and the tassle as
a decorative item goes back to ancient times.
Geoffrei St. Albans of Eastwood
- greytaylor@... wrote:
> --- In SCA-Archery@egroups.com, "Greg Christensen" <gcjckc@h...>I do not remember Ascham saying any thing about tassels and that is
> > Direct from the Outland Archery web page.....
> > In period times, English archers wore a tassel on their belts to
> wipe their
> > arrows clean.
> I've never heard of this being a period practice. I was under the
> impression that cleaning tassles were not used until sometime in the
> 1800's. Does anyone have any literature on it?
late period, but I may just not be remembering correctly. Anyone have
their copy of Aschem handy?
- On Sep 30, 9:16pm, bloodsng@... wrote:
> In a message dated 09/30/2000 7:51:04 PM Central Daylight Time,We don't have a ranking system for the combat archers. Combat archery is under
> archer3@... writes:
> << In addition to the colors for the rankings already stated, the knot
> should be white for youth; adults blue for open div. or yellow for
> period div. No color distinction for either crossbow or handbow.
> what do they have for their combat archers
the control of the Earl and Knight Marshals.
>-- End of excerpt from bloodsng@...