The Schaffhouse Project

Introduction

As previously described, I‘m beginning a project to upgrade the builk of my kit in a h‘urry. The purpose of this document is to provide a more permanent location for a statement of what I‘m achieving. I intend to keep a running log on the Masthead blog, but then update this page with a statement of what I have.

As the initial entry on the blog states, this is being done with reference to The Company of St George Men‘s Clothing Guide V1.1 [provide link], and I will use the summary early in that document as a framework for this page and for my activity. My intention is for each item to publish photos of what I have — if I have it — and what I‘ve replaced it with if necessary.

Hat

To be worn at all times. Extravagant styles to be avoided!

I currently have several hats. The tall felt hat is getting a bit battered and misshapen, but the red sock hat is not bad. I may however just replace the small black wool hat from my partner, as it's more discreet than either of these.

The tall felt hat is not so well shaped anymore, and is a bit moth eaten. Wool and linen lined, from Historic Enterprises 15_18
The sock hat was made from wool left over from the red hose, and has been washed so often, and worn under my sallet so often, that it's become quite felted. 15_19

Shirt

Linen (off-white). You should have at least two.

I’ve just made a new shirt, of better length and in good unbleached linen, and I’ve got enough of that left to knock up another one.

Braies

Linen underpants. It is usually off-white, some rare German artworks shows black braies. All male members should wear them or go without!

I have three or four suitable pairs, in off-white linen.

Doublet

Woollen, with sleeves.

The two doublets I have are neither really of the right sort of wool, and should be replaced. I do have a good linen pour point / petticoat that I’ve just finished that I can use under my jack to hold my hose up in place of the doublets I was wearing last year.

Hose

Woollen, woven; cut on the bias.

one of the pairs I have (the green, footed ones) are not the right sort of wool, but the red ones (which have a stirrup under the foot) are ok. The trouble is that both of them are cut in what the Guide deems to be the later period style, with the seam up the back. If I could find suitable wool in a hurry, I do have the patterns for both pairs, and so could probably build a more correct pair.

Red livery jacket

A red wool company soldier‘s jacket. This is the livery issue coat of the Company and every man should have one.

I do not have this at all and would need to build it or acquire it. This has me worried, as I’m not sure about getting the correct colour.

Sleeveless red livery jacket

Same as above without sleeves. A good alternative for warm weather or over armour.

This is low priority for me, the jacket above is a better alternative for most purposes, for the time being.

Hood

Preferably half red, half off-white.

Do not have, but this may be available from somewhere on the market. I do have wool that would be good for this, although I will need to dye it.

Shoes

Strongly made turnshoes.

15th c shoes

The turnshoes I made myself are not bad, but as they are low shoes they need footed hose. Also they have been resoled so many times by having soles clumped on, they are looking pretty battered. I‘ve replaced the late 14th high boots with some nice knee boots from Plantagent Shoes.

Belt

A narrow belt with correct medieval buckle.

I’ve got several good belts with simple buckles and chapes.

Purse

Wear a small neat purse with a minimum of useful 15th century contents: comb, money, kerchief, etc. Think of what you really need to carry.

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Two that I made are not bad, and are probably acceptable, but I’m going to have a look at others as well. I’ve got a variety of handkerchiefs, dice and other bits and pieces that can go in them.

Cloak

Not essential, but wonderful for cold weather and to sleep in. Must be of woollen cloth

do not have. While this is optional, I suspect it would be good to have in the evening. This is a very low priority. I do have my giant blue watch coat, which is probably ok at night without the public about, but I’d need to take the synthetic Burgundian badge off the breast.

Burgundian Livery

Should be worn by all active military personnel who are veterans or recruits. It should be made according to the official pattern, preferably with the woollen cloth issued by the Company or the closest one available.

I’m not sure what to do here – again, I’m nervous about making this because I’m not sure I’d get the colours right, and that’s one item that would look bad to be too variant from other people.

Knife

Have a small general purpose one in a sheath or in your purse. Do not hang cups, spoons, bags, scissors and bits and pieces from your belt!

All good here, I have a knife good for my belt as an eating knife, and a slightly larger one that’s good cooking and so on. Both are plain design, and just look like good simple ware.

Eating utensils

Spoon, cup bowl and/or plate, all of 15th century design

I’m fine for spoons, having both horn and pewter, and have probably acceptable wooden plates and bowls. I’ve got a very good large tankard from Flaming Gargoyle, but it may be a bit large to transport and a smaller cup would be good.

Bedding

Blankets, sheets and a canvas bag, big enough to fill with straw as a mattress. They can all be rolled up in the canvas bag for travelling.

I will have to find out how authentic this needs to be. If I can lay my hands on canvas, this should be achievable. If not, I’m going to need that cloak and hope to find a rock to use as a pillow.

Armour

Soldiers should aim to acquire a helmet and a body armour (a simple jack, breastplate or brigandine) during their first year as “veterans”.

Thanks to Paul, I’ve got a good jack that fits me (the one I made in Australia was a lovely fit, until I grew out of it around the middle), and the breastplate over it is fine – when I had it made, I deliberately went for a very simple style. I replaced the sallet last weekend with a nice Burgundian styled one from Rebellum Armouries, and the gauntlets I have are good, albeit a little fancy for the rest of my kit. For most purposes I’m happy just to go bare handed or wear the three-fingered mittens (deer skin) that I made. I don’t think I need to adjust any of this other than take the St George cross back off the Jack sleeve. The mail standard around my throat is split ring, not riveted, so if I could not replace that easily I would just be leaving it behind.

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Weapons

A simple dagger or short sword is a minimum.

have no idea, and will have to enquire, whether they want live weapons or blunted. The baselard and my arming sword, are ok but rebated. The scabbards for both are rubbish, although the belt for the sword scabbard is good.

Washing

A piece of soap and linen towel. Everyone is allowed one small “private” bag for modern necessities.

should be ok if I can find a linen towel for sale somewhere.

Badges

Company badges are to be worn by full members only! No badges are to be worn on the company red jacket except the metal Co.St.Geo. shield badge. Cloth Co.St.Geo. badges may be sewn to cloaks, watch coats, etc. Other badges are restricted, and should be checked with an officer prior to wearing.

we don’t need no steeenking badges. I’d not take any with me, and would leave my somewhat rude hat badge off.

 

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