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Offline Mairte

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Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« on: February 03, 2011, 10:37:13 PM »
And how? I have been thinking about it but not completely decided how to go about buying and what to buy.

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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 09:02:36 PM »
I've seen them hidden in cleavage, with the handle poking up and out, if that helps.
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 09:32:31 PM »
I wear one hanging from my belt on my right side.  My friend Carol wears her in a holder on the side, too.
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 05:33:53 PM »
Hmmm. Are there holders for up the arms, under the sleeves?

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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 06:23:29 PM »
I've seen them hidden in cleavage, with the handle poking up and out, if that helps.

yes, that is why I am always looking at cleavage - looking for the weapons!!
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 07:20:34 PM »
LOL, okay, keep telling yourself its JUST for the weapons!!!  ;) :D

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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 05:37:00 AM »
LOL, okay, keep telling yourself its JUST for the weapons!!!  ;) :D

Yep, quote "couple of nice weapons m'lady"  ::)
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 08:29:14 AM »
 :D I can just see someone saying that!
Seriously though, does anybody sell or can something be made, I am thinking a bracer up each sleeve and holding a dagger. I am not particularily worried about it being historically accurate.

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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 08:58:05 AM »
I do know that there are forearm sheaths-some leather shops actually sell the sheaths with the blades
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 10:58:45 AM »
 Are you asking historically, or for Faire wear?
I think Faire wear its mostly in the bodice with some on the forearm.
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Forearm Dagger sheath without strapping


Historically, courtesans were the only ones who might carry daggers in the renaissance. And according to what little documentation there is, those would have been bodice daggers or in lower leg sheaths.
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2011, 11:36:02 AM »
Are you asking historically, or for Faire wear?
I think Faire wear its mostly in the bodice with some on the forearm.
Bodice Dagger


Forearm Dagger sheath without strapping


Historically, courtesans were the only ones who might carry daggers in the renaissance. And according to what little documentation there is, those would have been bodice daggers or in lower leg sheaths.

Did non-coutesans carry their eating knives?
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2011, 11:45:14 AM »
  You said you weren't interested in being particularly HA,  so anything goes.
  If you want people to see the pretty toy, I'd wear it on your belt or in your bodice.

  To the best of my knowledge only males openly carried sidearms, however, women of all social stations would need to carry an 'eating knife/dagger' on their persons somewhere.
   I doubt those were kept in arm or leg sheaths, more likely they were carried on a belt, in a hidden pocket of a skirt or if nothing else, in the bodice.   
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 04:08:05 PM »
Are you asking historically, or for Faire wear?
I think Faire wear its mostly in the bodice with some on the forearm.
Historically, courtesans were the only ones who might carry daggers in the renaissance. And according to what little documentation there is, those would have been bodice daggers or in lower leg sheaths.
Did non-coutesans carry their eating knives?
I don't think she's really interested in H/A but;
For a lot of people in the Renaissance their only utensils were precious and kept locked up even if they were made of lead. This included eating knives, spoons and much later forks. They would not have carried their eating utensils around all day for fear of losing them. The cost of an eating knife could represent as much as two-months of labor for a peasant.
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 06:24:47 PM »
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Where is that forearm dagger from? I am drooling.
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Re: Where on their person did women wear daggers?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 06:34:03 PM »
I love that forearm dagger too....
I have seen bodice daggers and have considered one.
Its been extremely interesting reading this thread, lots of things I wasnt aware of! Thanks to you Dona and Rowen!!
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