14th Century Wool Cotte

14th Century Wool Cotte

$444.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Authentic lines for comfortable, distinguished look
    • Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
    • Also available in Linen and Silk
    • All interior seams enclosed or finished
    • Available in a diverse palette that includes jewel tones and muted colors
    • No visible machine stitching except buttonholes
    • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
    • If you would like to order this in one of our patterned wools – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern(from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored +$45
    • If you would like to this in parti-colored combo –  use that selection in the drop down and specify which two colors you would like(limited to colors listed in swatches below)
    • size XXL is available as a custom order +$45
    • made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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About our 14th c. Cotte

In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man’s cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

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Size Chart

Note: Sizing on our 14th century cotte is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the cotte unbelted.

Size Max. Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Small 36″ / 91 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Medium 40″ / 102 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Large 46″ / 117 cm 39″ / 99 cm
XLarge 52″ / 132 cm 40″ / 102 cm
XXL 58″ / 157 cm 40″ / 102 cm

Size XXL is available as made-to-order only.

Wool Colors:

Red, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Purple, Black

Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool (Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about available patterned wools)

About our 14th c. Cotte

In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man’s cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

Drawing after a detail of a late 14th century illumination Walter de Hamuntesham Attacked by a Mob

Drawing Drawing after the Viconti Hours circa 1390 in The National Library, Florence , Italy

Drawing after an early 15th century Stained Glass Rondell in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Drawing after Maneville’s Travels circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after Maneville’s Travels circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after an Italian illuminated manuscript Add. MS. 15277 circa 1400 in the British Museum, London, England

Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours circa 1423 in the British Museum, London, England

This gentleman stands proud and handsome in his purple wool Tunic and blue wool Chauses. Beneath he conceals his Shirt and Braies. He fastens his Chauses with Wool Garters of blue, and a Leather Belt at his waist.

Right: This Lord also prepares for Winter in his royal blue Gaston Tunic, and black wool Chauses. Beneath he wears his Shirt and Braies. He keeps his crown warm with a camel Dagged Wool Hood. Leather accessories such as his Belt, Shoes, and Gloves complete his protection from the elements.

This gentleman stands proud and fierce in his black wool bagged sleeved Tunic and burgundy wool Chauses. Beneath he conceals his Shirt and Braies. He fastens his Chauses with Wool Garters, and a Leather Belt at his waist. To protect his head from the cold he wears a burgundy linen Liripipe Hood. He closes it with a Decorative Badge

This Lord is prepared to fight in his burgundy wool Cotte, and black Dagged Wool Hood!  Below are conceals his Shirt and Braies , and Chauses.

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