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Clearance Sale! 14th Century Linen Cotte

Price:: $99.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of button holes
  • Cast metal buttons
  • All interior seams enclosed or finished
  • Flattering and authentic fit
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  • Price: reg. $169.95 now on clearance for $99.95- That's a savings of $70!
  • Clearance items are final sale only

In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man's cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houpelande.

Revival cottes are available in both linen - the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe - and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability. Most seams of the linen cottes are fully enclosed with French seams, for a finished look while worn open. The raw silk cottes are self lined in a complimentary color and designed so as to be completely reversible, creating two garments in one!

Our Cotte in Red linen, shown with 
soft gold linen chausesWool Hood, Decorated Belt and Ankle Boots


Top and left: The Cotte in Burgundy Linen, worn
with our Chauses in Gold and Ankle Boots in Black

Right and bottom:
The Linen Cotte in Red, worn with
our Linen Chauses in Blue, Ribbon Garters, and Ankle Boots


Linen Colors: Jade Green and Light Blue

Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when
deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

Jade Green - a bright bluish green
Light Blue - a soft, lighter blue

Chest Measurement
Length (from shoulder)
fits up to 36" / 91cm
39" / 99cm
fits up to 40" / 102cm
39" / 99cm
fits up to 46" / 117cm
39" / 99cm
Extra Large
fits up to 52" / 132cm
40" / 102cm


Note: Sizing on our 14th c. cotte is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn
with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the cotte unbelted.


Drawing after a detail of a late 14th c. illumination “Walter de Hamuntesham Attacked by a Mob”

Drawing Drawing after the Viconti Hours circa 1390 in The National Library, Florence , Italy
Drawing after an early 15th century Stained Glass Rondell in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Drawing after “Maneville's Travels” circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after a detail in a late 14th c. manuscript circa 1395 in the British Museum, London, England
Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after an Italian illuminated manuscript Add. MS. 15277 c.1400 in the British Museum, London, England
Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours c.1423 in the British Museum, London, England
coat (?; 110), n. [OF. cote, F. cotte, petticoat, cotte d'armes, coat of arms, cotte de mailles coat of mail, LL. cota, cotta, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. chozzo coarse mantle, G. klotze, D. kot, hut, E. cot. Cf. Cot a hut.]
1. An outer garment fitting the upper part of the body; especially such a garment worn by men.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition

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