Re: [albanach] Feathers on Bonnets
- Replying to the question on feathers, Sharon wrote:
>Modernly there is significance, but as far as we have been able toAnd I would add that the specific type of feather is important, as
>gather, this is modern -- that is, there isn't any evidence for it in
>the Middle Ages/Renaissance. (The modern significance is the number
>of feathers indicates rank -- I believe 3 for a chief, etc.) The use
>of feathers in 17th & 18th century pictures seems to be just the
>decorative fashion of the day and not significant of anything but
>being fashionable (you'll notice use of feathers in English headgear
>of those times, too).
well. It is the large, erect eagle feathers that signify rank.
Smaller, or more "decorative" feathers are just that--decorative.
I have a question for the list. When I tell people that the use
of feathers to identify rank is post-period, they inevitably ask
when the use began. To that I have no answer. Does anyone know
when feathers were first used in this regard?
Scottish History -- Highland Dress