wed-cat-web-FAQ - 3/18/96
Medieval and Renaissance Theme Wedding FAQ: List of Catalogs and Websites.
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Medieval and Renaissance Theme Wedding FAQ: List of Catalogs
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The following is a list of catalogs which have been recommended as
possible sources of historic clothing and/or fantasy items with
medieval flavor. The compiler of this list makes no claims as to the
quality of either the merchandise or service provided by these
For readymade medieval clothing or period patterns and accessories:
Amazon Vinegar & Pickling Works
2218 East 11th Street
Davenport, IA 52803
They have three catalogs. The Pattern catalog ($7.00) illustrates
over 1,000 patterns for men, women, children and dolls, medieval
through 1950. The Shoe catalog ($5.00) has shoes from all periods.
The General catalog ($3.00) has everything except patterns -- hats
and bonnets, readymade clothing, accessories, toys, books,
12710 E. Wentworth Ct.
Vail, AZ 85641
Source of readymade clothing and cloaks as well as special orders.
835 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Source of cloaks in velvet, velveteen, leather and wool.
Carolina Stitches in Time
Winston-Salem, NC 27108
No current information available.
PO Box 18904
Tucson, AZ 85731-8904
Source of clothing, books, weaponry and patterns. They publish
a "catalog magazine" called "Renaissance" ($14 for a 1-year
Source of handmade period clothing. No current information available.
Tailoring & Custom Sewing
6 Parkview Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601-4406
Source of rented or custom-sewed, historically-accurate costumes
for period weddings (1520-1920). There is also a pattern division
(P.O. Box 1363, Winchester, VA 22604) but the emphasis is on the
18th and 19th centuries. Catalogs of patterns for ladies',
men's or children's fashions are $3.50 each).
P. O. Box 45384
Westchester, CA 90045
8406 Flight Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
No readymade clothing but a source of costuming books and other items
needed to make clothes (stitchery supplies, notions, needlework
tools, stays, hooks, clasps, and buttons) except the fabric. They
charge $5 for their catalog, refundable with an order of $30 or more.
1812 N. Queens Lane #219
Arlington, Va 22201
No information available.
House Morning Star
11246 S. Post Oak Rd. #217
Houston, TX 77035
Source of patterns, books, and sewing materials, but they will also
make costumes to order. Mostly Tudor stuff: bodices, skirts, and
chemises-as well as men's garb.
JAS Townsend & Son
P.O. Box 415
Pierceton, IN 46562
Source of books, patterns, clothing accessories and tinwear.
Emphasis is on the 18th and 19th centuries, but some stuff
Post Office Box 3315
Truckee, CA 96160
Source of medieval items (armor, swords, jewelry, cups) and Period
Patterns. The items catalog is not free, but you can request a
Period Pattern flyer for free.
Moresca Clothing and Costume
361 Union Center Rd
Ulster Park, NY 12487
Source of capes, tunics, etc. Catalogs cost $5.00 plus $1.75 for
shipping and handling.
Museum Replicas Ltd
2143 Gees Mill Road
Conyers, GA 30207
Source of medieval clothing and accessories such as swords, jewelry,
goblets, relics, etc.
Puffs and Slashes
c/o L. R. Fox
P. O. Box 443
Bloomington, IN 47402-0443
An anotated bibliography of pre-1650 costume sources (including books
and periodicals). $2.50 per copy
Raiments (aka Alter Years)
P.O. Box 93095
Pasadena, CA 91109
Source of medieval and renaissance patterns. The catalog is $5.00
($7.00 if shipped first class) but is very large. They also sell
books and some accessories.
Renaissance Herald (was Renaissance Shopper)
P.O. Box 422
Riverside, CA 92502
Actually a quarterly magazine, which contains advertisements for many
companies dealing in period garb, armor, weapons, etc, etc...Lists
quite a few clothing makers, including one who says they specialize
in Renaissance wedding garb. They have two subscription plans: for
$7.00, you get a lifetime subscription, but it is sent at bulk mail
rates; for $5.00 annually, you get the magazine at first class mail
1196 Sunglow Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
Source of custom-designed medieval and Renaissance wedding attire for
rent or purchase. Call to request a videotape of bridal fashions.
St. Michael's Leather Emporium
156 E Second Street, Suite One
New York, NY 10009
Source of custom-designed leather armor, jewelry and Renaissance-era
clothing. Catalog costs $4.00.
Sterling Cloth Company
6109 Whipple Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Source of period fabrics, trims, thread, and patterns.
Whole Costumer's Catalog
PO Box 207
Beallsville, PA 15313
A listing of catalogs and stores that sell fabric, patterns,
accessories, etc. Costs $17.95 (incl. S&H).
For medieval weapons, jewelry and other gift items (but very little
clothing and no patterns):
Art & Artifact
2451 E. Enterprise Pkwy
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Check out their wedding chalice, a reproduction of an 18th century
2143 Gees Mill Road
Conyers, GA. 30207
Source of swords and knives.
By the Sword
P.O. Box 149
Luray, VA 22835
Source of medieval weapons, armor, footwear, jewelry and musical
instruments. Catalog costs $2.00. Separate catalog of archery
supplies costs $1.00.
878 Willow Grove Road
Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
Source of Celtic jewelry, i.e., penannular brooches, knotwork rings,
necklaces, pins and bracelets.
The Cottage Works
12 W. Willow Grove Ave., Box 186
Philadelphia, PA 19118-3952
No information available.
5670 West End Road, #4
P.O. Box 1106
Arcata, CA 95521
Source of fantasy dragon items. Check out their dragon champagne
flutes, dragon bride & groom caketopper (in pewter), and double
PO Box 5254
Reno, NV 89513
Source of middle eastern clothing and belly dancing jewelry.
2550 East 12th St.,
Oakland, CA 94601.
Source of pewter wedding goblets.
3557 Tanner's Mill road
Gainesville, GA 30507-8828
Source of Celtic rings, brooches and pendants.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY 10028-9998
Source of jewelry reproduced from ancient, medieval and renaissance
The Noble Collection
P.O. Box 831
Merrifield, VA 22116
Source of swords, helmets, suits of armor, axes, and letter openers.
280 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210-1182
Source of gifts and jewelry from Great Britain inspired by "the past"
(Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Victorian, etc.).
Check out their medieval tapestry wall-hangings.
South Tower Armouring Guild
P.O. Box 221
Metcalfe, Ont. Canada
Source of swords and stuff. No other information available.
Smokey Mountain Knife Works
P.O. Box 4430
Sevierville, TN 37864
Check out their Excalibur letter openers as possible favors.
P.O. Box 74
Spencer, NY 14883
Winter Steel Armory
P.O. Box 1762
Palm Desert, CA 92261
Source of swords.
For stationary, parchment, invitations, sealing wax, and handstamps
for customizing your wedding invitations:
The American Wedding Album
American Stationery Co., Inc.
300 Park Avenue
Peru, Indiana 46970
Check out 'Medieval Fantasy' and 'Storybook Ending' invitations with
matching napkins and thank you scrolls.
Source of handmade papers. No other information available.
P.O. Box 7070
Madison, WI 53707
Source of 'natural' papers (stationary and wrap) made of flower
petals. Also carry sealing wax and letter seals. Check out their
miniature sundial 'necklace', said to have been given as a romantic
present to Henry II from Eleanor of Aquitaine.
PO Box 180741
Utica, MI 48318-0741
Source of medieval fantasy handstamps (unicorns, wizards, castles,
100 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094-3606
Source of clipart, fonts, notecards and stationary (including
parchment) for making your own invitations.
Rugg Road Paper Company
105 Charles Street
Boston 02114 617-742-0002
Source of handmade papers with real flowers mixed in.
The Swordmark Company
P.O. Box 49592
Atlanta, GA 30359
Source of wax seals and sealing wax.
The Rexcraft Wedding Invitation magazine
No information available.
Source of sealing wax and supples.
These are specialty catalogs:
The Historical Research Center
2855 Villa Loma Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Source of information about your family name history, coat-of-arms
and shields. Also armor and swords.
6530 Spring Valley Drive
Alexandria, VA 22312
Source of historical pavilions, tents, yurts, canopies, and
bannerpoles for rental or purchase.
Small Fry Sculptures
Sheri & Carlos Frey
620 N Logan Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Source of handmade sculptures depicting specific individuals for
special occasions (i.e., customized brides & grooms for caketoppers).
For Early, medieval, and Renaissance music books, recorded music, and
Boulder Early Music Shop
2010 14th St.
Boulder, Co. 80302
No current information available.
Lark In The Morning
PO Box 1176
Mendocino, Ca. 95460
Source of hard-to-find music and musical instruments, i.e., Celtic
harps, recorders, pennywhistles, lutes, lyres and others.
Time Warner Sound Exchange
45N. Industry Ct.
Deer Park, NY 11729-4614
Small collection of Celtic and New Age Celtic music (i.e., Clannad,
Enya and others).
9.2: Websites of Interest
Following is a list of informational websites, some of which
have been previously mentioned in the FAQ and which may provide
help to planners of medieval weddings or feasts. Please note
that this is not meant to be a list of WWW vendors.
Leslie's Guide to Wedding Planning:
Medieval & Renaissance Wedding Page:
Rialto Index & Archive:
SCA Current Middle Ages Page:
http://www2.ecst.csuchico.edu/~rodmur/sca (link to Art,
Science, & History)
Joe Bethancourt's homepage:
http://www.locksley.com/locksley/ (link to Society for
Med/Ren Foods, Recipes and Menus
Menu for Wile-the-Winter-Away Feast:
David Friedman's Recreational Medievalism page:
Amy Gale's historic recipes:
http://www.vuw.ac.nz/who/Amy.Gale/recipes (select 'Ethnic
Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild homepage:
Beginner's Peasant Garb for Renaissance Faire:
Historic Costuming FAQ:
Handfasting and Neopaganism:
Handfasting Rituals and Pagan Wedding Information Page:
Laura Mitchell's handfasting ceremony:
Rain Puddles webpage of resources for Neopaganism:
Kirsti Thomas' Medieval & Renaissance Wedding homepage:
Rowanhold Bardic Circle page:
SCA Music & Dance Page:
Digital Tradition Folk song Database:
Celtic Music on the Internet:
Home pages of Morris and Sword Sides:
The Jester's Court homepage:
Majestic Brass Quintet homepage:
Draw Your Own Celtic Knotwork page:
The Internet Movie Database:
York University (Ontario, CA) Web Museum:
http://star06.atklab.yorku.ca/wm/rh/img/ (for info on
medieval & renaissance artwork)
The Trayned Bandes of London homepage:
http://www.rmc.ca/~nusbache/bandes.html (for info on
Elizabethan Military arts)
Labyrinth homepage for Medieval Studies at Georgetown Univ:
Richard III [1483-85] Society homepage:
The University of Kentucky Classics Dept. homepage:
http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/ then select Web
Sites of Interest Elsewhere --> Strange Bedfellows
--> Camelot Project for bibliographies of Arthurian
legends, Tristan & Isoldt, etc.)
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