I spend a lot of time and energy on the items that I eat and drink with at events. What we call feastgear is, for me, accessories the same way shoes, hats and bags are! My goal is to have a full set of feastgear with all my garb sets. For me a set includes a glass, a mug, a bowl, a plate, a spoon, a knife and a pitcher.
But building up multiple sets like these takes time and also some money, so sometimes we have to compromise and maybe use things from the “wrong” period or area. But don’t forget that a lot of period areas traded with each other.
The bowl in the upper corner and the matching cup is decorated with a technique called sgraffito. The way it works is by applying two successive layers of contrasting slip or glaze to an unfired ceramic body, and then in either case scratching so as to reveal parts of the underlying layer. That way to decorate pottery was used in the 15th and 16th century on the Italian peninsula. The style can be used for most of the Italian renaissance. The motif is supposed to be some kind of rodent, like a hare or a bunny.
The glassware is strictly Italian. Gathering this kit started with the glass, since the Italians and especiallty the Venetians are famous for their glass, so finding those weren’t too difficult. The high glass with a stem is a 16th century Venetian beaker found in London and the lower glass is a crackled beaker model from Murano and the 15th-16th century.
You can read all about the cutlery in the previous post about 16th century feastgear! But least, the fork is very much correct for this set, at last.
What I’d like to add to this kit is of course some kind of pitcher and maybe some one-coloured bigger bowl. Finding Italian vendors hasn’t been very easy, it seems like they mostly focus on Italian reenactors and mostly sell face to face, since I can’t find many websites and those that I do find is only in Italian. This is, of course, a great reason to go on a vacation to Italy and find some historical markets there.
And of course I’d like to add a more area- and time-appropriate knife. And a Italian spoon… From what I’ve seen so far, the pitcher will be the easiest thing and the spoon the most difficult. But I do like a good challenge!
/Herrin Gele Pechplumin