This style of arming cap/coif was worn throughout the medieval times by all ages and classes.
A coif can be worn by itself to cover the head from sun or wind, to keep ones hair in place or as a nightcap at cold inside or outside camping events. Sometimes a coif was also combined with some kind of hat, cap or hood or a combination of cap and hood. Besides as every day garment it can also be used as arming cap for Heavy Fighting or Fencing as extra layer between helmet padding and head. It really helps to keep longer hair in its place and out of the face.
I printed this lovely black linen fabric by hand using a stamp which I carved myself. This lion pattern is primarily based on a gold embroidery from the 12th century with a few additions and alterations inspired by medieval artwork. I initially cut this stamp for Sir Brealthen de Raimes elevation at Gulf Wars 2019.
Small linen coif/arming cap in black/yellow with 12th century lion print
Small size *
3 part fitted coif pattern
Height at front border – top to beginning of ties: ca. 9.25 inch
Width at bottom border – back to front border: ca. 6.5 inch;
total bottom border one side to the other: ca. 13.5 inch
Ties: ca. 10 inch long
Fabric: black linen, pre-washed
Machine-washable cold & delicate in a washing bag recommended, hang to dry
Can be ironed on the backside of the printed fabric on low
Made in Crestview, Florida, USA
* The picture shows this coif on a head with a circumference of 22.5 inch measured above the brow line.
Please note that the sizes can vary from head to head because of head shapes and sizes as well as used materials. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t do the teal justice.