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Tudor hawking mittens

These form part of an ongoing commission of odd pieces for the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. The original mittens were found (without the hair as it had rotted away long ago) in a closed officer’s chest. As they were both left handed, there was some confusion for a while as to their purpose and why the right hand mittens were missing. The clarification as hawking mittens (backed up by a hawk bell and pictorial evidence) only came to light after the volume ‘Before the Mast’ was printed.

It may be that their are other items of hawking equipment still to be identified, in particular the creance, jessies and hood. Watch this space!

They are  very comfortable (and warm), although the smaller, wrapped design, one is a little tight. The two part  mitten would make a lovely winter piece for those of you who insist on re-enacting all year round!

Incidentally, the gloves show several incidences of repair which is why there are inserts near the cuff. These don’t form any useful part of the design, but were essential in this case to produce them as authentic reproductions.

The mittens appear to be an inner and an outer which, when combined, form a formidable piece of armour. They fit perfectly inside one another, and you can easily understand the extra protection the thicker outer leather would give from hawks talons!

Isn’t experimental archaeology wonderful!