Re: info on winged hussars, late prd Polish
- Did I just feel a nudge?<g>
In the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow there is a kontusz, from this
time frame, that shows wear patterns typical of being worn under
armour. It is a creamy-beige color. It is also padded and quilted.
I'll have to find my notes and look at my photos this weekend, then I
can describe the jacket better.
Rembrandt's 'The Polish Rider' also shows a padded and quilted
gambeson-like kontusz in light green. I can't tell what the buttons
are in this painting, but the extant garments I saw while in Poland
had various types, i.e. metal, bone, mother-of-pearl, and knotted
For a fighting tunic I would suggest something soft, such as the
knotted cord, or low profile without stems. A 1" disc of thick
leather would also work. This is so that if the armour is struck,
the button will not be driven into you.
--- In sig@y..., "Robert L. Parker" <parkrobe@i...> wrote:
> Hey Alexi,
> Did you check out the sites I posted? I have no info on
> I think that what they wore was a crimson (good luck finding the
> material in that color, I had lots of trouble) Polish coat. Check
> some of the pics from this site.
> http://www.geocities.com/rik_fox/husaria/index2.html This guy is
> really cool and is very helpful. Check out the fair pics of him
> can see a good coat. If you ask him he will tell you how it was
> I am doing mine from a rectangle pattern, which seems to have been
> common in Eastern Europe at the time. From the movies "With Fire
> Sword," and others of Seinkeiwicz's books, you can see that that is
> they used (roughly). Hopefully others will have more info and if
> do I HOPE THEY CHIME IN. Personally, I am going with stuff I have
> on the net and seen in the few books I could get my hands on. If
> look hard enough there is all the info you could want and more. I
> a few more links but I have posted them already so if you or anyone
> wants them, just let me know.