Full Entry, Male

1500 CE Male German Waffenrock

Title1500 CE Male German Waffenrock
Entry #GGB2021.085
Alternate Names Waffenkleid, Reitrock
Time range1470-1550
EraLate medieval
regionCentral Europe
ConfidenceImage 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 colors, bold stripes.  Wool over garments worn by military men.  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. 

Related terms:

Waffenrock: war coat

Reitrock: riding coat, split for riding

Waffenkleid: war tunic

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Wool main garments in bright colors, or color combinations. 
    • linen undergarments
  • Accessories:
    • Knitted Stockings

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • 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.
  • Ornamentation:

Ensemble Components

  • Coat – wool overlayer with attached skirt
  • Undershirt – linen shirt
  • Breeches – wool pants to the knee
  • Stockings


  • Retailers catering to reenactors sell the cow mouth shoes and striped stockings in vibrant colors. 
  • Belts
  • pouch/purse.



Source of Period Pic 
ModelShawn Roark 031113-07
PhotographerVincent De Vere

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