Dress Accessories, c.1150-c.1450 / Edition 2

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Overview

Brooches, rings, buckles, pendants, buttons, purses and other accessories were part of everyday dress in the middle ages. Over two thousand such items dating from the period 1150-1450 are described and discussed here, all found in recent archaeological excavations in London—then as now one of western Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, its social and economic activity compounded by the waterside bustle of the Thames. These finds constitute the most extensive and varied group of such accessories yet recovered in Britain, and their close dating and the scientific analysis carried out on them have been highly revealing. Important results published here for the first time show, for example, the popularity of shoddy, mass-produced items in base metals during the high middle ages and enable researchers to identify the varied products of rival traditions of manufacture mentioned in historical sources. Anyone needing accurate information on period costume will welcome this book, which will appeal to the general reader interested in costume and design, as well as to archaeologists and historians. THE AUTHORS are members of staff of the Museum of London.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851158396
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Series: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London , #3
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introduction to the second edition
Dating and Context of the Finds 1
Alloy Nomenclature 13
The Metal Dress Accessories - Some Observations 18
Girdles 35
Buckles 50
Strap-ends 124
Mounts 162
Combinations of Diverse Strap Fittings and Possible Ensuite Items 244
Brooches 247
Buttons 272
Lace Chapes 281
Hair Accessories 291
Pins 297
Beads 305
Chains 318
Pendants 321
Finger Rings 325
Bells 336
Purses 342
Cased Mirrors 358
Combs 366
Cosmetic Sets 377
Needlecases 384
Metallurgical Analysis of the Dress Accessories 387
Conservation 396
Acknowledgements 400
Bibliography 402
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