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codpieces-msg – 11/25/16


Codpieces. Period and recreations. Experiences wearing them.


NOTE: See also the files: pouches-msg, hose-msg, hose-manu-MA-art, p-sumpt-laws-msg, underwear-msg, corsets-msg, cross-dressng-msg, ruffs-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


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   Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                         Stefan at florilegium.org



Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: dillon at world.std.com (John T Dillon)

Subject: Re: Codpieces... no seriously

Organization: The World Public Access UNIX, Brookline, MA

Date: Sat, 1 May 1993 19:36:38 GMT


Codpieces were normally a fairly straight forward (and upward pointing...)

affair. Not much larger than was needed to cover the slit in the trunkhose

or pluderhosen, plus a little for ego.


Fitting one to yourself is fairly simple, most start about at the bottom of

a modern fly and end just below the edge of the accompanying doublet.

Usually 8-9 inches along the side next to the body with a projection sticking

out and up for two to four inches on the average in the front.  Width ranged

from 3 to 5 inches on the side nearest the body.


Extravagant codpieces, the Landsknecht may have the prize for those...  

I have seen prints of codpieces that were roughly half catalopes with

slashes and puffs of material sticking out, as well as what look like a

bow extending almost nine inches to either side of the codpiece.

(Half to 3/4 the width of the leg)


Such a bow would have to be made of a rather stiff fabric or a starched

one. It almost blends with the outfits it is worn with...  :)

(The late period floor length pluderhosen)


Of course for really silly, you can do what a few gentles in this area

have been reported to do...  Put a squeek toy in the codpiece...

Or even better all but one of them...  :)


John McGuire

Of course I wear a codpiece, no self respecting gentleman would go out in

pluderhosen without one!  Otherwise your underwear shows...



Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: dillon at world.std.com (John T Dillon)

Subject: Re: Codpieces--Sources?

Organization: The World Public Access UNIX, Brookline, MA

Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 14:25:50 GMT


For a fairly nice set of patterns for a variety of late period codpieces

look for  Janet Arnold's Pattterns of Fashion.  It is a large brown covered

paperback book that shows pictures of the codpieces and patterns for them

drawn from a collection of outfits.


John McGuire



From: ghelena661 at aol.com (Ghelena661)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: codpiece construction

Date: 19 Sep 2000 09:43:30 GMT


        I have never actually made a pair of pants with a codpiece, but I know a

number of men who wear them. I am taking the liberty of speaking on this matter

even though I have not done it because I do Elizabethan and I believe I could

make breeches with a codpiece.  


     The bottom of the codpiece should be sewn into the crotch of your pants.

Pants fitted with a codpiece are esentially crotch-less in the very front.

(where a fly goes on pants now)  The codpiece should be long (vertical) enough

to be sewn into the center seam in the actual crotch of the pants, where the

front, back, and side seams come together.  


     Care should be taken with the fasteners.  If you use ties make sure they

are lucet or some cord that 'grabs'.  Otherwise you, experience 'fall out' and

flash somebody by accident!  You can use buttons on either side at the top of

the codpiece.  You could probably use some big hook and eyes at the top of the



     Your codpiece will be a very tailored garment.  Your pants and the

codpiece will have to fit well or your codpiece may not stay in place when you

sit down!  I think the shape of the codpiece at the bottom should taper to a

sort of rounded off point.


     I saw a bannana shaped codpiece at Pennsic once.  It was red on one side

and yellow on the other.  The pants it belonged to were tights, and they were

parti colored red and yellow also.  I do not believe anyone was paying

attention to how the gentleman who wore it kept it fastened!


May your threads never tangle,

Roxanne Greenstreet



From: "Mandy" <martin.mandy at ns.sympatico.ca>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

References: <DGFx5.700$ez6.50823 at bgtnsc07-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>

Subject: Re: codpiece construction

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 11:43:34 GMT


> My next project in the works will be pants with a codpiece

>Is it to be sewn directly to the pant?


This is really tricky to explain without pictures. First make your pants

with an open seam down the front where the fly would normally be, along the

top of the pants should be eyelets to fasten them to the (doublet?). Now for

the codpiece, these vary somewhat so I will try to explain a sort of generic

codpiece as a triangular shape of cloth, lined and usually with a stuffed

and shaped fallice in front. The lower part of the triangle (that comes to a

long point) is sewn into the pants over and from the seam opening, The rest

is free from the pants.


> The

> pants themselves should be left open, or tied up the front underneath the

> codpiece?


The pants are actually tied and held up by means of the body with eyelets

and cords (see as said above). the codpiece does not actually come up as far

as the waist but high enough to keep the 'fly' closed. Place a set of two

eyelets in the 'fly' or opening of the pants as well as two corseponding

ones on the top edge, centre, of the codpiece. This will hold the fly shut

with a cord.


Now we have two flappy upper ends of the triangle, simple, just add two

more coresponding sets of eyelets at each upper corner of the codpiece.


Don't forget to decorate your peice with matching trims and so on, after

all it is the mans showpiece. : )


Hope these instructions were easy enough to understand.





Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

From: dillon at world.std.com (John T Dillon)

Subject: Re: codpiece construction

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 15:37:06 GMT


For a good example of how to make late period codpieces, try Janet Arnold's

Patterns of Fashion and in particular the Sture family's codpieces. The

assembly instructions and pictures are not entirely clear, however with a bit

of playing it becomes fairly clear how they go together.


John McGuire



From: "Mandy" <martin.mandy at ns.sympatico.ca>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: codpiece construction

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 00:18:18 GMT


> Just one more question though.  I'm thinking of adding a drawstring at the

> waist of this design?  I'm having a bit of trouble visualizing the finishing

> of the very top of the pant.  Otherwise, wouldn't I have loose flaps just

> hanging out over the codpiece?

> Amina


Though I wouldn't suggest a drawstring, I can't see how it would hurt, but

if you are interested in other types of fastenings I just stuck two new

pictures up to hopefully deal with this task.


the codpiece pictures with fastenings are way at the bottom.





From: Martin Hungerford <Martin.Hungerford at dsto.defence.gov.au>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: codpiece construction

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 16:28:52 +1100

Organization: DSTO


Amy Bernard wrote:

> My next project in the works will be pants with a codpiece.  I fear I'm

> having trouble finding instructions.  It is tied at the top on both sides to

> the pants, but the bottom?  Is it to be sewn directly to the pant?  The

> pants themselves should be left open, or tied up the front underneath the

> codpiece?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.


> Amina de Mt St. Bernard


   I have made and worn a couple of pairs of plunderhosen with

codpieces.  They are a strange item indeed ( well, as we made them.) We

based our work on Janet Arnold's book on German costumn.  


The legs joined to the waist band, but not to each other very much.

They were sewn together down the centre back seem only for about 4-5

inches. (IIRC) The cod-piece, attached to the centre of the back at the

waist, passed between the legs and tired up to the front.

While this felt quite wierd, it was comfortable, and had I chosen not to

wear underpants, would have worked well.


Martin the Juggler



Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 08:40:30 -0800 (PST)

From: Philippa Alderton <phlip_u at yahoo.com>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] peapod, peasecods, codpiece

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org


--- Olwen the Odd <olwentheodd at hotmail.com> wrote:

> >Better peapods than a squeaky toy, or have I ever

> <told you THAT story?

> >

> >Phlip

> I haven't heard that story.  Care to share?

> Olwen the curious


Ah, well, I looked where Stefan suggested, in the

Florilegium, and didn't see it, so I might as well,

since you asked. Names are being avoided to protect

guilty as well as innocent.....


In the MK, at a certain event, there was a dance and

costume focus, and a friend of mine showed up wearing

his very period Tudor, with functional codpiece.

Unbeknownst to him, another gentleman had showed up,

wearing a non-functional codpiece into which he had

inserted a squeaky toy.


My friend, henceforth known as the victim, and who is

exclusively gay, therefore was rather nonplussed, to

say the least, when a lady to whom he had not been

introduced, properly or otherwise, walked up and gave

his codpiece a hearty squeeze. She certainly got a

squeak, but perhaps not the one she had expected.....


It seems that the lady's friend had run into the

gentleman with the squeaky codpiece, and told the lady

about it, but since the gentleman with the squeaky toy

was not in sight, had told her to go and squeeze his

codpiece when she saw him, so she did- unfortunately,

the wrong codpiece. She was, of course, horribly

embarrassed, and the victim told me that to this day,

she won't look him in the eye.


The incident nearly caused a split-up between the

victim and his lover- not because of a mundane matter

such as jealousy, but because the lover was laughing

so hard, that the victim was not getting the sympathy

which he felt he deserved.


The moral of the story is of course, that gentlemen

should make sure the squeaky toy is in their own

codpieces, rather than that of another, if they wish

to avoid close encounters of the hysterical kind.....





Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 11:01:11 -0700

From: Susan Fox-Davis <selene at earthlink.net>

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org

Subject: Codpiece Re: Feast stewart at the crossroads was Re:

[SCA-cooks] Pulled sugar


Heleen Greenwald wrote:

> All of a sudden, I have this incredible urge to make a cod piece out of

> multiple colors of marzipan.

> Phillipa


Nothing you do will equal the codpiece of Sir Gaston, which featured nice dark glass beads... or so you'd thought until he activitated the switch that turned on the sequence of LED's.  Landing lights?





Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 19:41:17 -0700

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org

From: "Laura C. Minnick" <lcm at efn.org>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Re: Codpiece Re: Feast stewart at the

   crossroads was Re: [SCA-cooks] Pulled  sugar


> Now I am torn between a party favor Cod Piece (push a button and out it

> comes Fluurrrp) Or a Cream Flamingo Codpiece that squeaks.

> Hrmmm decisions decisions

> Nichola


Many years ago, there was an All Fool's event at which there was a contest

for Best Edible Subtletie. There was also a Codpiece contest. A friend of

mine won both contests with one entry. He tied (or rather his wife did) a

huge cinnamon roll (the big iced kind that you get in the bakery) where the

codpiece would be, and then wandered about saying "Care to taste my wares?"

and cutting off bits of the cinnamon roll with a dagger. It was hysterical.


Oh Man... he had great legs too- Italian Ren with the wee tiny doublet

And long hose...






Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 18:01:28 -0800

From: "Laura C. Minnick" <lcm at efn.org>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Flavored odpieces, a question

To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>


At 04:57 PM 3/11/2004, you wrote:

> Well, if they can have edile chocolate panties.... why not flavored

> codpieces?

> asks Phillipa who is running for the rock...


12, 14 years back, I dragged my then-husband to an All Fools' Feast. (In

retrospect this was dumb, but it was my first Fools feast- I really didn't

know!). There were a number of contests, including best codpiece, and best

edible soteltie. Can you imagine what is going to happen? Lou went off to

the mens room and came back and whispered at me "There's a woman in  there!

She's doing something to this guys pants!" Well, after a bit, here comes

Ray and Cheryl (who became very good friends of mine in time), and Ray had

tied on to his pants- sideways to it really looks like a codpiece- an

enormous cinnamon roll! He spent the evening walking around with his

dagger, saying "Care you taste my wares?" If I remember, he won both

contests handily. And he had a good time doing it too! I thought it was

hysterical- the now-ex was not amused.


I think I'll saunter off to the Rock. Hey Maire, is the tea ready?





Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:58:21 +0000

From: "Groff, Garth (ggg9y)" <ggg9y at virginia.edu>

To: "Merry Rose (atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org)"

        <atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org>

Subject: [MR] BBC: Article on the Codpiece


Noble Friends, Especially Male 16th Century Fashionistas,


Today the BBC offered by feature on the history of the noble, or ignoble, codpiece. It features amusing, if somewhat bawdy, anecdotes on this  . . . uh . . . accessory: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26480358 . The text is actually quite funny, but not recommended for children.


I'm certainly glad that the codpiece didn't exist in Scotland during my time (1496 or so). I prefer more modest wear.


Lord Mungo Napier, The Archer of Mallard Lodge



From: Zebee Johnstone <zebeej at gmail.com>

Date: May 1, 2015 at 6:01:43 PM CDT

To: "The Shambles: the SCA Lochac mailing list" <lochac at lochac.sca.org>

Subject: [Lochac] hat racks




"Only briefly in vogue, the codpiece has left a rich legacy in art, literature and - most recently - in televised costume drama. In focusing her attention on this ostentatious male accessory, PhD candidate Victoria Miller has developed some new ideas about its evolution (and demise) as a symbol of virility."


(The subject is a line heard some years ago at a Midwinter Coronation.

Ringing across the room we heard "That's not a codpiece that's a waist level hat rack!")




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