Hose, 15th Century, 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.

Available in the waist/inseam sizes and colors shown below.

Sizes are based on actual body measurements, NOT trouser size.  To determine the correct size, 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.
  • Shoe size (US size if possible)

Several sizes are listed below for convenience- if you don't see the size you need order the closest listed size and indicate the exact size required in the "Order Comments" section of the Order Form.

Regarding fit- Ordering from your exact measurements will give you hose that fit very comfortably. They will be a bit loose and probably have some wrinkles around knees and ankles.  If you'd like the hose to fit very tightly as in the photo, consider ordering one size smaller than your measurements indicate. 

If you don't see the size and/or colour you need please view our Made to Order 15th C Boiled Wool Hose.


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

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