Upmarket viking kit

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Upmarket viking kit

Postby the_power on Fri May 02, 2008 4:18 pm

Ok, so I've finished my lovely lined blue shirt recently. I need something to go over it. I've a square cloak, but I was hoping for something a little more practical, for indoor events.

So, I initially though a Caftan, but it seems despite the possibility of caftan buttons being found in Dunmore they are a) expensive to make b) possibly only a pendant anyway, c) not very west-viking. So, anyone recommend a nice 10thC garment for over a shirt ? Split coat, trimmed in sable ?

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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby Guthrum on Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:03 pm

A *really* nice woollen tunic, with silk and pearl trim, and roundels with real gold and silk embroidered work, framed in pearls - oh, and a neck band in silk with gold-thread couched decoration?
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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby Guthrum on Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:40 pm

See poor quality image in my Gallery ;)

As for a nice coat, Cynewulf has a good pattern...

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/cynewulf/d ... page58.htm

...and I'd have reservations about a sable trim, but if you can evidence coat trims in the 10th century...
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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby frodo on Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:44 am

Maybe if your thinking of a coat go for an earlier period pattern such as the bathrobe type seen on the pressblach plates on the vendel helmets and sutton hoo etc. No buttons involved but a good choice of materials and nice trimming could be a very interesting piece.
Other examples with actual historical references... sort of
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarl ... byxor.html
http://wychwood.wikidot.com/kit-coats

Quite nice pieces working on one meself once I get the time...
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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby Andrea L Redden on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:31 am

the_power wrote: the possibility of caftan buttons being found in Dunmore

Speaking of the 'buttons' from Dunmore Cave, anybody seen/have a photo of them? I'd be very interested to see what they look like.

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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby the_power on Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:02 am

Here is one, and the other attached image has more, including a page from the "Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland" (sent to me by the museum) describing them;

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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby Guthrum on Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:04 pm

Nice images.

As usual, they show them all from the front and don't show the bit round the back which would help you to figure out how they treat the ends of the wires and control the woven pattern...grrrr.
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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby Andrea L Redden on Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:34 pm

Thanks John. :) I second what Andy said. Do you have anywhere what diameter they are? I've seen it mentioned somewhere that 3 sizes were found.

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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby the_power on Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:54 am

I only saw them from a distance, and couldn't get a photo of them due to the fact they don't use museum glass. They look to vary from 2cm to 3cm diameter.

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Re: Upmarket viking kit

Postby vlasta on Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:29 pm

Guthrum wrote:.
As usual, they show them all from the front and don't show the bit round the back which would help you to figure out how they treat the ends of the wires and control the woven pattern...grrrr.

Here's the photo, where the back of two of them is wisible:
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