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Accessories, Costumes, Game of Thrones, licensed -

Most of us who’ve followed and loved Game of Thrones since 2011 wouldn’t mind being part of the cast. To be Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen or Jamie Lannister would be, well, pretty cool. Of course it’s not easy. You need acting chops and lots of luck. If that’s a bridge too far, the next best thing would be role-play, reenactment and costume parties, which is not as silly as it sounds, considering the number of exquisite replicas in the market with regard to the hit show’s clothes, weapons, props, etc. There is a wide range of Game of Thrones costumes...

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medieval, Medieval Collectibles, medieval costumes -

There was a distinct divide in medieval women costumes that the peasants and the noblewomen wore, at least with regard to quality. Wealthy women wore elegant tunics that fell to the floor. They were colorful and vibrant with luxurious fabric and intricate embroidery. Initially, fur was preferred on the inside of clothes for warmth, which was replaced by fur trim as the era progressed. Over time, dresses became more elaborate. Women wore two tunics, one more decorated than the other. Ornamental bands were used to embellish sleeve borders, necklines and the lower half of dresses. Girdle-like panniers created a bigger...

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Medieval Swords, One-handed Sword, the Falchion -

The modern world has been politically influenced in no small part by the battles that took place in the Middle Ages. Of all the weapons that soldiers took to the field, the sword is inarguably the most celebrated. Here are a few types of medieval swords. The One-handed Sword was among the most common swords in the early medieval period and was typically accompanied by a shield or dagger. These swords probably originated from the Roman Spatha. The Cutting Sword was another popular weapon, used extensively by early medieval Knights and the Vikings as well.  They were very good slashing...

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Collectables, craftsman, Medieval Collectibles, Middle Ages -

Being a master medieval craftsman was no run-of-the-mill exercise. It took years and several stages to learn a trade. Boys who wished to pick up a trade either learnt it from their fathers or as an apprentice in a master craftsman’s shop. The first step was to reach journeyman status, which took about seven years of training. Once an apprentice became a journeyman he would be paid a daily wage. To become a master, the journeyman would have to fashion a piece of work that other master craftsmen in the town considered of the highest standard; in other words, a...

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Brooches, Crowns, Jewelry, Medieval Jewelry, Middle Ages, Necklaces, Rings -

Much like clothing, jewelry in the Medieval Ages portrayed status and wealth. Initially, only the wealthy could afford fine ornaments. However, as trade and commerce grew in the continent, the European middle class began to afford them. By the 14th century, wearing jewelry had become common. The elite started to wear fancier stuff to distinguish themselves from the middle class who promptly caught up and upped their game. This led to jewelry becoming more lavish. As there were no state-of-the-art cutting techniques in that time, jewelry was duller and less vibrant than today. However, they were still very valuable. Brooches:...

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