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11770Re: [medieval-leather] real sinew used in the middle ages?

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  • Joe Reiter
    Jan 8, 2012
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      While recreating a girdle purse from the book purses in pieces I used waxed linen thread as they described being used in the middle ages pre 16th century.

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      On Jan 8, 2012, at 5:08 PM, Ron Charlotte <ronch2@...> wrote:

      > At 06:57 AM 1/3/2012, Barry wrote:
      > >Was real sinew used in the middle ages? I am trying to find out if
      > >only the people of the America's used it before the European
      > >discovery? I would think it would have been perfect for use on Cuir
      > >Bouilli cases and whatnot along with hide glue, but I have found no
      > >such evidence. I was wondering if anyone here may have any information?
      > Little late to the discussion (both busy, and my library is in
      > disarray). It it difficult to nail down stitching materials because
      > they so seldom survive the conditions that preserve many leather
      > items. However, in his examination of the Brec Moedoic Budgee and
      > the Corpus Christi Budget published in _Medieval Archaeology_ volume
      > 12, 1968 ("Irish Book-Satchels of Budgets") John Waterer identified
      > the original sewing medium as being (most probably) sinew. There are
      > a few surviving items from Ireland of that general era that also used
      > sinew as a stitching medium.
      > The reality is, though, that anywhere flax/linen became available, it
      > quickly became the medium of choice, with silk frequently being used
      > for decorative accents..
      > Natural sinew, when all is said and done is basically raw hide, with
      > all of it's strengths _and_ weaknesses. For an item like a book
      > bag, or an ecclesiastical shoe that would seldom be exposed to
      > moisture/sweat, etc, sinew would work, as it would for items that you
      > don't realistically expect to last long. With rare exceptions, you
      > cannot get lengths longer than about 20 inches, and it takes a
      > different set of skills to use compared to fiber thread.
      > Basically, even with recent archeology, the stiching survives in such
      > a small percentage of leather goods, and _most_ of those are linen
      > (and related fibers) or silk..
      > Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
      > ronch2@... OR afn03234@...

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