Shirt, Holbein with Woven Bands

Based on a boy's shirt of 1540 in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (Museum number: T.112-1972). Similar shirts can be seen in collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Museo del Tessuto, Prato, Italy.

This shirt is of a very common early 16th C. style, and is well documeted in Hans Holbein's work. This style was most popular between 1535-1555.

Front slit with narrow ruffle on neck band, wider ruffle on wrist band. Small pewter button at wrist, hand plied cord tie at neck. Fingertip length. ivory linen body with black edged ruffles. Neck and wrist bands of a woven braid that looks like blackwork; the eagle and tree of life is a common motif for embroidery in the 16th & 17th C. No visible exterior machine stitching. 

One size fits up to 48" chest, 17" neck.

NOTE: Our model is Micha, leader of the international minstel troupe Wolgemut.  Micha has been wearing this style of shirt for the last 5 years. His band wears the plain (no blackwork) version.


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  • Model: BSD-SH03
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 17 February, 2013.