If “the clothes make the man” (or woman!), then the accessories make the clothes. Or at least, they help turn them into a proper outfit. In a world without pockets, the pouch was the pockets, purse and “fanny-pack” of the Middle Ages. Medieval pouches had a very specific look and were worn on the belt, itself quite distinctive, often with a dagger or small eating knife. Based on designs seen in the 14th and 15th century, our fancy pouch has a flap embossed with tiled cross design and closed with a brass buckle. This is a slimmer profile pouch for an elegant look.
And what better to hang your new pouch on than one of our simple or decorated rosette or bar mount medieval belts?
Drawing after the Maciejowski Bible circa 1250 in the Pierpont Morgan Libary, New York, USA
Illustration from the Romance of Alexander French, 1338-44 in the British Museum London, England
From the Manesse Codex c. 1305-1340 in Heidelberg University Library, no. 848, Heidelberg, Germany
Drawing after a detail in the Lutrell Psalter circa 1340 British Museum, London, England
Drawing after the triptych of Saint Agnes by Caucasian Laiyan in the Bavarian Royal Gallery in Munich Germany circa early to mid 15th c
Drawing after Livre de la Chasse or, Gaston Phebus’ Book of Hunting circa late 14th century MS francais 616 fol. 40 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France
Detail from fresco of the Life of Jesus in the Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta of circa 1340 by Lippo Memmi in San Gimignano, Italy
Detail from the fresco by Domenico di Bartolo and Lorenzo di Pietro in the Hospital of Santa Maria della scala in Sienna, Italy circa 1444
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