|Title||1500 CE German Male Landsknecht|
|Alternate Names||Waffenkleid, Reitrock, waffenrock|
|Time range||1470-1550 CE|
|Confidence||Image of Example|
Highly ornamented “war coats” worn by military forces out of areas around Germany and Switzerland. Closely associated with (and evolving into) the more flamboyant Landsknecht mercenaries
Bright clashing colors, bold stripes mismatched parts. Sleeves and legs with decorative slashes. Wool over garments worn by mercenaries and often scavenged from the best parts found on the battlefield. The top buttons closed and the garment is worn over at least an undershirt, and breeches. Usually seen with long stockings and sometimes with the wide ‘cow mouth’ shoes. The sleeves and skirt portions have a lot of fabric pleated in.
Waffenrock: war coat
Reitrock: riding coat, split for riding
Waffenkleid: war tunic
- Wool main garments in bright colors, or color combinations.
- linen undergarments
- Knitted stockings
- Some poly/cotton brocades to simulate the rich fabrics. Wool blends are easier to find.
- Linen blends and cottons for undergarments.
- Very hard to make these look right without investing in the right materials.
- Coat – wool overlayer with attached skirt
- Undershirt – linen shirt
- Breeches – wool pants to the knee
- Retailers catering to reenactors sell the cow mouth shoes and striped stockings in vibrant colors.
|Source of Period Pic|
|Photographer||Vincent De Vere|