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On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: War and Fashion: Fashion
This youth's dark brown leather jerkin (a type of jacket) is decorated with vertical and diagonal scored bands and diamond, heart and star pinking. It is fastened with decorative pewter buttons that imitate buttons made from worked silk or gilt thread over a wooden core. Such practical and decorative garments were highly fashionable from the mid-1500s: and those made from Spanish leather were particularly prized. Thefts were common and, in 1554, John Porter stole a fine 'jerkyn of buckes leather' from the Tottenham home of John Stooe. Jerkins were worn by both men and boys but by the late 1500s were also popular with women.
H 480 mm (centre front overall); H 60 mm (collar); H 90 mm (tab, centre front); H 550 mm (centre back); W 450 mm (shoulders); W 70 mm (wings, from armhole); D (max) 305 mm
leather; lead alloy
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