Hose, 15th C, Boiled Wool (IN STOCK)

Full, joined hose. The legs are closed from front to back through the crotch. A shaped and lined but unstructured codpiece covers the front closure area. Legs have a seam running waist to heel, and have a full foot. Thread eyelets located on the upper edge point the hose to a doublet or pourpoint.

Based on a pair of late 15th, early 16th C. hose preserved in the Alpirsbach Monestary Museum in Bern. Joined hosen of this type are typical of the 15th C. and are ubiquitous in the works of artists such as van der Weyden, van Eyk, della Francesca and Bouts.

The Howard Household Inventory account dated 7th day of December 1463 lists- 'Item, delyverd to John Holme, the xx.i day of Decembr, a payre of knytt hosyn.' 

We are pleased to supply hose to: 

  • Destrier, UK 
  • English Heritage, UK 
  • The Frazier Museum of International History, US 
  • Griffin Historical, UK 
  • Hampton Court Palace, UK 
  • The Higgins Armoury Museum, US
  • Knight's Order of the Lion Rampant, AU 
  • The Medieval Siege Society, UK 
  • Past Pleasures, UK  
  • The Royal Ontario Museum, CAN 
  • The Tower of London, UK
  • many other groups and societies worldwide 

These hose are made from Merino wool jersey which has been processed [fulled], producing a thick, elastic fabric. The fulling process obscures the weave, so the fabric appears the same as fulled woven wool, even on close inspection. Boiled wool has more stretch so the fit is as smooth and tight as seen in images from the period. This fabric is more durable than woven and stands up better to activities such as sword practice, combat and horse riding.

Wear with 15th Century braies, and any of our other late 14th or 15th C. garments.

Boiled wool jersey. Hand finished, no visible exterior machine stitching.

The hose listed are in stock and ready to ship. (Please note- hose are a popular item and we are seldom able to get ahead of demand to keep them in stock.  If you need hose, it is best to place an order for made to order hose here: MADE TO ORDER BOILED WOOL HOSE)

Sizes are based on actual body measurements, NOT trouser size.  To determine if these hose will fit you, measure yourself with a tape measure as follows:

  • Waist- Low over hips where jeans or your belt sit.  Hold tape snug but not tight.
  • Inseam- From high in crotch along inside leg to floor, barefoot.

The hose listed below are in stock and ready to ship. To order hose in your size and colour please view MADE TO ORDER BOILED WOOL HOSE



$139.95

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  • Model: BSD-H04 (STOCK)
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs




This product was added to our catalog on Monday 15 February, 2010.