Category Accessories

A Fez of Maintenance

One of the things that I love about the SCA is the “Cap of Maintenance” as an article of regalia for those elevated to the Order of the Pelican.  (Here is my recreation of a 14th C. Bycocket Cap of Maintenance: https://historicalheadwear.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/a-14th-century-cap-of-maintenance-bycocket-hat/)  So, when a friend who does a Persian persona asked for a “Fez […]

Items from 10th Century Hedeby (Haithabu)

Hedeby (Old Norse: Heiðabýr; German: Haithabu) was an important stronghold in Viking Age Denmark from the 8th-11th centuries CE and, along with Birka in present-day Sweden, it was the most important Viking trading center in Europe.  During this time it flourished under the control of Danish Vikings. Hedeby is located near the modern city of […]

The Lengberg Castle Bra

Lengberg Castle, located in southwest Austria, was built by the earls of Lechsgemünde beginning in the late 12th century. During an extensive reconstruction in the summer of 2008, a vault filled with waste was found beneath the floorboards of a room on the second story of the castle, where it was likely left during a […]

Variety in 16th Century German Headwear

When one visualizes a 16th century German, the first thing that comes to mind is “slash and puff.” It was a century of adornment and extravagance in dress. Nowhere is this as obvious as in the headwear of the times. By the end of the 16th century, German headwear could run from the relatively simple, […]

Medieval Wooden Comb

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a comb is “a flat piece of plastic or metal with a row of thin teeth that is used for making hair neat.” The word originated in Middle English, from Old English camb; akin to Old High German kamb comb, Greek gomphos tooth and the first known use of the […]

A 14th Century Cap of Maintenance (Bycocket Hat)

At the beginning of the 14th Century the bycocket (byecocket, bycoket, and many other variations in English as well as “chapeau a bec” in French) came into fashion. This is a hat worn by both men and women, often while riding, hunting, or hawking. The hat is made with a tall crown that has an […]