[Ansteorra] jewelry question

Hillary Greenslade hillaryrg at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 3 15:26:15 PDT 2008

Cisco Cividanes wrote:
>I am looking for  some advice on how to display medallion type awards
>for an English persona in the 1470s. This is totally outside my field
>of experties, so any help is welcome.
>Lord Ivo Blackhawk
>Province of Mooneschadowe
>Kingdom of Ansteorra
>"God Save the King!"

It's an interesting question, and perhaps one worthy of research, if it hasn't been done by someone already.  I'll have to check my files from the Knowne World Heraldic Proceedings articles.  Meanwhile, my best recommendation is to seek out portraits of English Personnas from the 1470s and see how they are adorned.  

As to how to wear jewelry, or more specifically you mentioned Award Insignia, we may find that the standards for each time period and country may fall into conflict with the SCA due to that little subject called 'anachronism' (something out of place and time).  There are many historic time periods/countries/cultures where auspitious jewelry in open adornment was not considered appropriate, which might negate wearing any award insignia at all.  

Or you can just follow SCA standards, be anachronistic, and wear your awards according to the insignia standards defines in the Ansteorran Award Texts or Award Constitutions: http://heraldry.ansteorra.org/publications.php

An interesting aside, as I see many in the SCA making more and more attempts at period dress, complete with head and foot gear; at some of the major wars, I'm beginning to see gentles who have earned a number of awards, starting to only wear the mass of them at formal courts instead of through out the day where they may wear no awards at all or only the highest of any tract.  

An interesting subject, what do the rest of you think?

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