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An SCA Challenge

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:43

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield has posed a challenge to SCA members in her kingdom and to the Known World: Do five things to better the SCA and your experience of it.

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A day in the park with Stormwrath

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:11

It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.

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600-year-old canoe section found in New Zealand

History Blog - Tue, 2014-09-30 22:59


In 2012, Auckland University archaeologists recovered the remains of a canoe from a sand dune near the Anaweka estuary on South Island, New Zealand, after it had been exposed by a storm. It’s a 20-foot-long section of the hull carved from a single timber of New Zealand matai wood which was preserved by the waterlogged, low-oxygen environment. The top side is straight, the other curves up to a point. The point is the end of the canoe hull while the other end is a flat butt joint where a second section of hull was once connected. Adze marks are visible inside the hull section. The outside has been smoothly finished so the vessel can cut through the water with minimum drag.

Four transverse ribs are carved into the inside of the hull at regular intervals and a horizontal girder intersects the ribs down the length of the piece. Because the ribs are heavier on the side with the curved end, that was probably the lower side of the canoe. This is the first time these kinds of ribs have been documented in New Zealand, although they were reported in the Southern Cook Islands just a hundred years ago.

The edges are perforated with lashing holes chiseled through the wood. Four of them are still packed with caulking made from pounded wads of bark (probably from the totara tree). Radiocarbon dating performed on three wood samples from different areas of the hull and four caulking samples taken from three of the lashings returned a result of around 1400 A.D. for the last time the canoe was caulked.

That’s enormously significant as Wairau Bar, a settlement on the northeastern coast of South Island that is the earliest known colonization, dated to the early 1300s. The Anaweka canoe, therefore, was in use within a century of colonization. There is only one other surviving canoe from early colonization found more than 30 years ago in the Society Islands 2,500 miles away from South Island. Archaeologists have had little to go on to reconstruct the ocean-going canoes Polynesians used for maritime migration and long-distance travel between islands after colonization. The main sources have been observations by European explorers centuries later and analysis of canoe-related vocabulary in Austronesian languages. This new find lends rare insight into the maritime technology that drove the East Polynesian settlement of New Zealand.

When intact, the canoe was probably at least 46 feet long. Archaeologists believe it was a double canoe, although it could also have been a single with an outrigger. It was a large, complex composite of planked and dugout canoe, an adaptation of East Polynesian maritime technology developed in the wake of the colonization of New Zealand. The form required very large trees to produce, trees that would only have been available to the Polynesians after settlement in New Zealand.

A raised relief of a sea turtle is carved into the outer hull at the curved end. A carved ridge runs behind the turtle to the very edge of the hull. Archaeologists believe the ridge may depict the wake of the turtle as it swims, which may be a clue to which way the canoe moved through the water (matching the direction of the turtle, that is). This is a spectacular feature, not just because it’s adorable but because it’s a clear representation of Polynesian culture. The Maori rarely used turtles as decorative motifs before the arrival of Europeans, but turtles are all over Polynesian art. Sea turtles are known to make very long ocean voyages, so they were more than appropriate spirit animals for the people who colonized the Pacific, and they make fine figureheads for the ocean-going canoes that made colonization possible.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Announcement From Queen’s A&S Champion

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 18:00

From the Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences:

Master Luke Knowlton, King’s Champion and myself, Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion are, on behalf of the Kingdom of the East, Their Royal Majesties, and the office of the Minster of Arts and Science, are pleased to announce the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Science Championship.

The Championship will be held on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). See the Event Announcement temporarily listed on http://pleatworkembroidery.com/KQASAnnoucement.pdf

There is also a Facebook page set up for the event by the hosts at :
https://www.facebook.com/events/897875590241909/permalink/906296032733198/

We will have registration information for the actual championship shortly. If
you plan on attending and will be staying for feast, the feast spots are limited.

-Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events

Medieval tithe barn unearthed at Croxton Kerrial dig

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-09-30 15:59

Project leader Tony Connolly of the Framland Local Archaeology Group has been hoping to find the "lost" 12th century manor house at Croxton Kerrial, near the Lincolnshire border in England. This summer's excavations have revealed several structures including a tithe barn.

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The Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 15:37

King Edward commissioned his bard, Lord Martyn de Halliwell to pen a song that spoke of the virtues of his Queen, Thyra, great patroness of the noble flamingo and mighty hedgehog. Thus did Martyn pen these words, and set them to the 14th Century tune known as “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). He entitled them “In Forty Years & Nine,” however, the song is now lovingly known as the “Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song.”

The song was performed by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Lady Aildreda de Tamwörthe, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lady Violet Coleson, and Lady Katrin Daans. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant and Lady Margretha la Fauvelle accompanied the singers on recorder and citole, respectively.

There is a buzzing sound at about 0:18 in the video, the sound returns back to normal following. The lyrics are posted below.

In forty years and nine there was a virtuous Queen of Eastern lands                       and patroness of flamingos and mighty hedgehogs.

CHORUS:

Her Prowess is unmatched with a bow, her arrows fly through the sun-filled sky       she inspires all to fight for the East and noble creatures small and great.

Her Loyalty and Faith show that her will is strong as any Royal Peer’s                     She inspires us to day to sing and praise her forevermore.

CHORUS

Her Generosity and Mercy are well known throughout the Known World                 King Edward did repent and she forgave so we sing of her virtues for you today.

CHORUS

Thyra’s Courtesy abounds even now for all to see and hear                                  She’s not kicked me right out or banished me for these words that I have penned.

Final Refrain:

Queen Thyra couteous Queen of the East we sing to day so all might know              this Eastern Rose’s great display of noble virtues.

Photo by Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, video courtesy Lady Ella de Caley, sheet music and lyrics courtesy Lord Martyn de Halliwell.


Filed under: Court Tagged: Bardic, bards, coronation, Music, song

Unofficial Court Report for the First Court of Edward III and Thyra II

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 12:56

In the Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by that same right, second of that name, held at the Barony of Bergental upon 27 September in the forty-ninth year of the Society, on the which day were called all and sundry the lords and ladies of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Having assumed the Tyger Throne in accordance with the signs and portents given and the most ancient traditions of the East Kingdom, Their Majesties summoned into their Court the good Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin, most recently Empress, and did take testimony as to her great nobility and manifold virtues; and hearing the said testimony, Their Majesties thereupon created the said Caoilfhionn as a Lady of a Rose with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Katherine Stanhope;

Item.  Their Majesties created Brennan MacFergus and Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin Count and Countess for their great and worthy service as Emperor and Empress of the Realm, the which elevation was memorialized in documents authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig;

Whereupon Their Majesties’ Court was suspended until the evening, when the following business was proclaimed publicly:

Item: Her Majesty summoned those members of the Queen’s Guard in attendance and invested them with her livery and the symbols of their responsibility;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the good lady Toi Poisson de Mortagne into the Court and, having heard testimony of her skills in matters of art, did invest her with the Order of the Maunche;

Item:  There Majesties commanded the presence of Genevieve Grant before the Tyger Thrones, and the good lady so appearing, did endow her with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub;

Item:  The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being not yet complete, Their Majesties thereupon summoned Francesca of the Barony Beyond the Mountain before them and inducted her into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter;

Item:  Their Majesties caused the good man Akamatsu Katsumoto to bring before the thrones his lady wife, Akamatsu Tora, and, praising their deeds for the Kingdom, did Award Arms to them both, the which awards were memorialized in documents in their native tongue created by Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima Zentarou Umakai;

Item:  Their Majesties presented tokens of welcome to all those newcomers to the Society in attendance at the event.

Item:  Her Majesty caused a Writ of Exile and Attainder to be issued against the dread and horrible piñas de Indes, known vulgarly as “pineapples,” that have lately infested the Kingdom;

Item:  Their Majesties called before the Court the honorable Treya Min Teanga and presented her with a creation in leather by Camma an Daraich commemorating the said Treya’s induction into the Order of the Sagittarius, previously done;

Item:  As memorial for the noble Lillith LeBlanc lately cruelly taken from us, Their Majesties led the Court in a moment of silence;

Item:  Their Majesties brought the Lady Aine Neamheaglach before the Court to speak of efforts to raise funds for treatment of the injuries sustained by Sir Diablu;

Item:  Their Majesties caused Aildreda de Tamworthe, called Dreda, to be brought before the Court and, praising her labors for the good of the realm, did create her a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Jehan du Lac and calligraphed and illuminated by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the Captain-General of Archers, Master Godric, to address the Court concerning great deeds upon the archery range; whereupon Otto Gottlieb was created a Master Bowman and Eleanora Stewart was created a Grand Master Bowman, the said Eleanora’s achievement being memorialized in an engraved arrow with a hand-forged head created by Kenric aet Essex;

Item: Their Majesties called into their presence the good lady Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, and, in recognition of her lengthy labors and good deeds, did create her a Baroness of the Court and Grant her Arms;

Item: Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne the noble and right honored Ygraine of Kellswood, the which lady being renowned for her labors on behalf of the archers of the realm and many and diverse other good deeds, and acknowledging her great virtue and noblesse, did create her a Tyger of the East, the which deed was memorialized and confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item:  His Majesty made a gift to Her Majesty of a song composed by Martyn de Halliwell recognizing the nobility of flamingoes and hedgehogs and Her Majesty’s great favor for the same.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, Their Majesties’ most obedient servant, wrote this to memorialize and make certain and perpetual all such things that were done and caused to be done upon 27 September in the First Court of Edward and Thyra.

Witnesseth:
Baron Malcolm Bowman
Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock

(Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse, Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, and Mistress Eva Woderose.)


Filed under: Court Tagged: baroness, coronation, Maunche, Silver Crescent, tyger of the east, tyger's cub

Atlantian peers accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-09-30 12:36

Lady Sophia the Orange of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that a challenge by Mistress Branwen Wallis to the Atlantian Order of the Laurel to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out by Mistress Rosalind Delamere and Mistress Rosalind Jehanne at Atlantia University, September 20, 2014. A video of their misery is available online. (video)

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SCA Board Meeting October 25, 2014

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:15

Patrick Anderson reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will meet October 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Adoration of the Magi cleaning reveals new details

History Blog - Mon, 2014-09-29 22:58

Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi has been in the hands of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure conservation institute in Florence since November of 2011 after Uffizi Gallery curators determined that the painting’s progressive darkening was becoming an increasingly urgent problem. After a year of preparatory work deploying a wide array of diagnostic technologies — Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence, Infrared reflectography, X-Ray imaging, 3D relief for the measurement of micro deformation, Optical Coherence Tomography, chemical analysis, spectrophotometry — to analyze the paint and wood panel, conservators began cleaning the surface a year ago.

The oil on panel painting was commissioned in March 1481 by the Augustinian monks of the monastery of San Donato in Scopeto, but Leonardo, who was then a youth of 29 just starting his career, sought greener pastures with Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and the next year moved to Milan leaving the Adoration of the Magi incomplete.

The painting on wood, measuring about 2.5 by 2.5 metres (8.2 by 8.2 feet) depicts the three wise men who paid tribute to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem, but it also includes a riot of human figures, battling horses, architectural designs, landscapes and skies.

Done on 10 slabs of wood glued together, it has blank areas, areas with under-drawings, and sections in advanced stages.

“This is perhaps the most quintessential work-in-progress in the history of art,” said Cecilia Frosinini, one of the directors of the ongoing restoration of the work, which is slated to return to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery next year.

“Leonardo never wanted this to be seen by anyone at this stage, probably not even by those who commissioned it, probably not even his assistants. This is the phase in which he was still elaborating in his mind what the final work would look like,” she said, standing in front of the piece.

The monks eventually turned to Filippino Lippi who completed his Adoration of the Magi in 1496, and Leonardo’s piece wound up in the collection of the de Medici family 100 years later. The Medici restorers filled in paint and added layers of clear and brown varnish to give it a more finished, monochromatic look.

In addition to the accumulation of dirt, smoke and pollutants, the Opificio curators had to deal with all those past restorations. The paint and varnishes have changed over the centuries, oxidizing, discoloring, sometimes separating, sometimes adhering to the original surface and blending into it, so conservators had to be very selective in deciding what to remove. The bottom layer of varnish, for example, could be kept as a fixative and a patina, so there was no danger of damaging the original paint. Their goal was not to return the painting to original condition which simply cannot be done, but to restore its readability and brightness in a way that respects the passage of time while ensuring the most authentic and stable possible result.

The cleaning phase is almost done now (about three quarters of the painting has been cleaned) and it has brought to light much of the expressiveness of Leonardo’s faces, color details like the blue of the sky, design elements like the volume of the clothing and figures previously invisible to the naked eye. You can now see builders working on the ancient temple in the left background, and even subtle sketched details. One of the horses on the right has several heads in different positions, while other horses have an extra leg, evidence that Leonardo wasn’t working from a perforated cartoon outline, but rather drawing freehand as he painted.

The cleaning is expected to be finished in 2015, after which the team will turn their attentions to the wood panels. There are four major vertical cracks that need to be fixed to restore structural integrity to the fragile work. The total cost of the four-year process is expected to be €170,000 ($218,000), which will funded by the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery. Once restoration is complete (hopefully by the end of 2015), the Adoration of the Magi will return to the Uffizi Gallery where it will be on display in a special room along with two other works by Leonardo.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Vikings, Emojis and Michaelmas: Medieval News Round-up

Medievalists.net - Mon, 2014-09-29 20:15
This week's news from the medievalverse has Anders Winroth talking about his new book The Age of the Vikings, funding for Newport's medieval ship, and Buzzfeed talking another look at medieval images.

[View the story "Vikings, Emojis and Michaelmas: Medieval News Round-up" on Storify]

Today (September 29th) is also Michaelmas, the Christian feast of St. Michael the Archangel. During the Middle Ages it was an important feastday.

Categories: History, SCA news sites

Mysterious "pierced pottery" among the finds at Bridge Farm

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-09-29 14:42

Archaeological excavations at the Romano-British settlement at Bridge Farm, near Barcombe Mills, England have given experts much to ponder, including evidence of a large post-built building, coins and late Roman pottery with pierced bases.

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#MedievalMonday Campaign

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-09-29 12:17

Bardic appreciation tokens

Greetings all!

Last Monday was the first time I announced the hashtag campaign for #MedievalMonday, and a number of people from across the Known World rose to the occasion. The campaign even got noticed by the Society Minister of Arts & Sciences, Master Raven Mayne, who encourages everyone to get on board.

Wanna help create interest in new potential members? Congratulations, there’s an easy way to do it without even leaving your house! An informal campaign has been started, using a hashtag, ‪#‎MedievalMonday‬

How does one participate? It’s easy! Just take a photo of something Medieval (something you’ve made, of photo of yourself at an event, a super cool illumination, etc.), and post it publicly on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Instagram, and use the hashtag #MedievalMonday

The other, and very important key, is that this happen on Mondays. Why Mondays? Because alliteration makes things easier to remember, and because when multiple people post using the same hashtag, on the same day, it increases exposure.

14th-Century, pointed-toe, blue boots

You may also wish to use ‪#‎SCA‬ and ‪#‎MySCA‬ the latter being the Society FB Page’s on-going hashtag campaign.

What will this do?

Well, first and foremost, it’s a positive form of outreach to spread awareness about cool medieval stuff.

Second, as your images get posted, liked, commented on, re-posted, and re-shared, more and more people are exposed to them.

Through my minimal efforts on Instagram, I’ve already attracted in a few people into the SCA; albeit in other Kingdoms so far, but new members are a good thing no matter where they’re from.

The bonus? We all get to see cool pictures of medieval stuff our friends have posted on Mondays, an otherwise very mundane day of the week ;-)

If you’d like to find some of what’s already being posted, it’s easy to find. Just type #medievalmonday into the search bars at the top of your facebook page, Google+ page, twitter, or instagram feed and the posts will display.

Tart in Ymbre Day

Don’t forget to like and comment on your favorite posts. Even if you don’t have something to share this week, liking and commenting on other people’s posts increases its exposure to others, and supports the content creator/broadcaster.

Remember to have fun, and share something cool about this amazing time period!

-Lord Martyn de Halliwell

Photos by Martyn de Halliwell


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: campaign, medievalmonday, social media

Richard III to be buried March 26, 2015

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:53

After much debate, court rulings, and fuss, the remains of King Richard III, England's latest medieval monarch, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015.

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Fundraising to Help Sir Diablu

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:45

In an accident in the Dominican Republic last week, Sir Diablu was badly injured, and his lady, Ashley, was killed.

Funds are being raised to help the families with the expenses of international travel, transport, and other necessities.

Please help if you are able.

For more information and several ways to contribute, please visit
the fundraising page.


Filed under: Tidings

From the Captain General of Archers

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-09-29 06:30

Master Godric will be stepping-down as Captain General of Archers at next Birka, and wishes to share the following missive with the populace.

A greeting to all of the East Kingdom does Master Godric of Hamtun send.

It has been some time since I have written as to the state of archery in the East Kingdom. As I look back on my last Pennsic War campaign as your Captain General, I would like to sit in remembrance of the last 4+ years.

It has been my privilege and my honor to serve as your Captain General. We have accomplished so much over the past 4 years, and I say we because I could not do this job alone. It is with the service and guidance of all of the dedicated archery marshals and their families that we have been so successful here in the east. I have so many people to thank, that if I listed them all it would take me many pages of this letter to include them all. Suffice to say there were a few the need to be recognized here.

First and foremost, I would like to thank the archers of the East. If it wasn’t for your enthusiasm, dedication, skill and willingness to shoot, there would be no reason for my position.

I would be remiss if I did not thank my lovely wife Baroness Margeret of Rochester. She has made many sacrifices so that I might perform the job of Captain General: she has been my sounding board, my editor, and my barometer over the past 4 years and without her I would not have been able to do this job.

I would greatly like to thank Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood. She has not only been the kingdom score keeper for many, many years but she has been a most trusted advisor, friend, and kept me informed when ranks were attained and handled the most arduous task of keeping the archery marshals list up to date.

I would like to thank Master Maxton Gunn, Lord Alexander St. Pierre, and the multitude of others who helped me revise and rewrite the Policies of the Captain General. I believe we have a document that is both thorough and understandable.

I also wish to thank all of my Advisory Council, Master Krakken Gnashbone, Master Mark Squirelsbane, and Mistress Tamar Walshman. Their many years of experience and their timely and helpful advice have made my job as Captain General much easier.

To all of my Regional Commanders and my Lieutenant Generals, thank you for your dedicated service. I know that I have not made things easy on you and that I required more of you than has been in the past, but your counsel and hard work is what makes East Kingdom archery what it is.

To all of my archery marshals and marshals in training, thank you for your service and please keep up the great work and dedicated service. Without such service archery could not happen.

To all of the Royalty that has reigned during my tenure as Captain General, thank you for your enthusiastic support of archery during your reigns. I am always excited to see royalty on the range and that you value the archery community’s contribution to the kingdom.

The final person I wish to thank is my Deputy Captain General, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres. Over the past 2+ years she has been at my side through thick and thin, learning the office and taking on many responsibilities and doing them well. Jehannine has been my confidant, my friend and partner in crime, and together we have added to the legacy that is East Kingdom Archery.

I have had a wonderful experience as Captain General and I have made many new friendships along the way, ones I hope to continue in the future. But alas all good things must come to an end. My tenure as Captain General will end at Market Day at Birka this coming January. I will be recommending to their majesties Mistress Jehannine de Flandres as my choice to succeed me as Captain General. Mistress Jehannine has work very hard for the past two year as my deputy to learn the job. If anyone wishes to be considered for the position of Captain General, please send a letter of intent to their majesties and the Kingdom Earl Marshal, with your desire and qualifications.

I know that I have missed many who have helped me along the way this past four years. Know that I thank you now and very much appreciate your service and hope that you will continue that service under your new Captain General.

I hope to see you on the range soon.

In Service

Master Godric of Hamtun
Captain General of Archers


Filed under: Archery, Official Notices

Vikings! At a theater near you October 7, 2014!

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-09-29 05:30

On Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the British Museum and More2Screen will present an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend at select cinemas around the world. Tickets and locations are available online.

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Cartier brooch in $60 box of costume jewelry sells for $17,550

History Blog - Sun, 2014-09-28 22:15

A “Tutti Frutti” Art Deco Cartier brooch found in a £38 ($60) box of costume jewelry sold at auction on Friday for £10,800 ($17,550). The anonymous seller bought the box at a tabletop sale in Staffordshire, not realizing that there was a tiny treasure inside.

The brooch has a central ruby engraved with a stylized flower growing from two leaves. On either side of the ruby are three alternating cabochon emeralds and sapphires. Underneath the ruby are four pavé diamonds in a platinum geometric Tetris-like setting. A slender gold pin connects the ruby top to a base of six pavé diamonds flanked by two cabochon sapphires. The piece is signed “Cartier, London.”

Cartier’s “Tutti Frutti” line has become one of its most famous styles. It debuted in the 1920s, a dramatic break from the severe geometries and monochromatic emphasis of Art Deco. Officially named “pierres de couleur” (colored stones), the style was inspired by traditional Indian jewels and the same floral patterns of the Moghul emperors that inspired those gorgeous chintz textiles I wrote about recently. Cartier had done business in Indian since Pierre Cartier was commissioned by Queen Alexandra to make an Indian-style necklace from several pieces in her collection. Cartier London thus became the center of work in Indian gemstones and design.

Jacques Cartier, head of the London office, traveled to India in 1911 and was so struck by what he saw there that he soon integrated Indian style and gemstones into the company’s jewels. Agents in India bought gemstones, among them vintage stones carved with the leaf, flower and berry shapes characteristic of the Moghul period. Cartier’s designers in Paris, New York and London took the Indian stones and mixed them with the white diamond severity of Art Deco to create uniquely colorful patterns that injected naturalism and color into Art Deco shapes.

Society fashion plate and Singer sewing machine heiress Daisy Fellowes had a famous example custom made by Cartier in 1936. It was called the Collier Hindou and she bought it as a consolation prize for herself after the hardships of the Depression forced her to sell her yacht. (I guess that’s the insanely rich version of a breadline.) The necklace became known as the Tutti Frutti, but according to Cartier, the style itself wasn’t given the name until 1970. According to British Museum curator and Cartier expert Judy Rudoe, the “pierres de couleur” style became known as “Tutti Frutti” colloquially in the 1940s, probably inspired by bakelite fruit jewelry popularized by Carmen Miranda and her Tutti Frutti hat.

Tutti Frutti pieces go for millions of dollars today. They are highly sought after by jewelry collectors so much so that even tiny little brooches in Derbyshire auctions draw bidders from all over the world and exceed their pre-sale estimates by more than £2,000.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Coronation of Edward and Thyra

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-09-28 20:51

The sun shone brightly as the nobles and great officers of the Kingdom gathered yesterday for the Coronation of Their Majesties Edward and Thyra in the Barony of Bergental.  The ceremony took place in the sanctuary of the First Congregation church, which had a lovely medieval ambiance, with a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.

The Last Court of Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn opened with their Majesties recognizing those gentles who had staunchly supported them during their reign. A full court report will be published separately as soon as it becomes available.

The presentation of awards was interrupted by the approach of two Sibyls. They announced that the prophecy regarding their reign was incomplete, adding a touch of levity to the proceedings by explaining that “No, seriously, there was a piece of papyrus stuck to the back”.

Warned that dire things would befall the kingdom he loved, his Majesty agreed that they must heed the words of the Oracle and end their reign. Her Majesty dismissed her guard. Both shared moving words of their love for the people of the East, in response to which the assembled populace rose spontaneously to their feet in tribute.

Prince Edward and Princess Thyra were summoned, entering into Court in splendid gold and silver garments, escorted by their household. As they advanced down the mail aisle, twelve periaktoi (an ancient theatrical device by which a scene or change of scene was indicated)  bearers carrying the zodiacal signs made their way down the side aisles.

His Majesty removed her Majesty’s Crown, giving it into the keeping of Herald, then removed his own, and crowned Prince Edward.

King Edward then crowned Queen Thyra.  Brennan and Caoilfhionn exited.

Sumptuous blue robes were brought forward to clothe their Majesties, and the purple drapes behind the thrones were removed to reveal a huge zodiacal mural.

As the robing proceeded, the zodiacal prophecies were read, punctuated by the periaktoi bearers proceeding up the aisles in turn, and pausing at the front as the verse corresponding to their sign was read.

Upon conclusion of the readings, two astrologers entered, one bearing a large book. Again injecting a bit of levity, the two predicted that the reign of Their Majesties would endure for four thousand, and some … hours.

The astrologers having been dispatched, the bearers of the reliquary containing earth from the lists of the First Tournament and the ampulla containing water from the Bay of the Mistlands where the World was born, entered Court.

His Majesty swore upon the reliquary and Her Majesty swore upon the ampulla, to fulfill their duties as Monarchs of the East. The Kingdom Officers, royal champions, and landed barons and baronesses then offered fealty.

Their Majesties made the first award of their Reign, as they called Baroness Caoilfhionn and Sir Brennan into Court. Baroness Caoilfhinn was made a Lady of the Rose with full  ceremony, including speakers from all four Peerages. She and Sir Brennan were then made Count and Countess. Duke Lucan did them the honor of presenting them with the County coronets which he and Duchess Jana had worn after his first reign.

The ceremony was composed by Maistre Lucien de Pontivy and Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe. Lovely period choral and organ music was integrated through the ceremony.

Photos are courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse, used by permission.


Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, Edward and Thyra

East Kingdom Server Issues Continue

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-09-28 19:26

Lord Lorenz Greylever, the East Kingdom web minister, has posted another update on the status of the East Kingdom servers. You can read about the situation in more detail here.

Two issues noted in the report may be of particular impact to site visitors:

  • The event submission form is not currently accepting event postings.
  • Email to officers via the addresses at eastkingdom.org is failing intermittently.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil, the East Kingdom Chronicler, has requested that we announce the following:

If you need to submit information for inclusion in the November Pikestaff, please feel free to email her directly at aisha.ekchron at gmail.com.

Updates to event announcements and completely new announcements for events with dates in November and the first half of December will be accepted via direct email. Submissions by this method will not update the web site – you will still need to do that when the web site resumes  normal operations.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Pikestaff, server