Cedric of Thanet already had a coat that represented his recognitions as knight and laurel, and this cloak would also represent the pelican. I was given the opportunity to create the medallion to recognize his inclusion in the order. (It represents a true labor of love since string is not my thing and my lack of love for sewing is broadly known.)
The materials are wool, linen, cotton and metallic thread, and the ever-helpful wonder-under. The completed size is roughly four inches across. (In the photo, my leg is a good reference for size.)
The size was dictated by the existing white belt applique and embroidery. Sylvia du Vey provided size information and the green base that would be sewn to the cloak. The roundel uses a remnant of wool from the first dress I completed by hand (and which netted me the baronial A&S championship!) The green linen cloth is a remnant of my laurel elevation dress. The yellow beak and red blood drop were scavenged linen from one of the trilliums we had to remove from the cloak before we could add this. The chain stitch uses metallic threads (which are terrible to work with!) which bind it to the green base.
The design of the piece is inspired by English roof bosses, particularly one from Devon. I fell in love with the oak leaf motif for multiple reasons – it’s unique, our region has many oaks, and, especially, because Cedric has a leather oak leaf on his key chain — it was a site token for the first event for which I was the autocrat, I believe, an early Endewerade Hunt.
I wanted the piece to fall “outside” the roundel, and so included an extra oak and lengthened the tail of the pelican (which is longer in other roof boss examples.)
This is the inspiration work.
If one is seeking unique pelicans, looking at architectural detail provides some truly lovely examples that are not often seen in the SCA. I was delighted to find a few that I’ll consider should the need arise again for a similar project!
Because We know that you especially desire to hear and learn the state of Our respect for good works, We König Tindal und König Alberic, find it fitting to state Our opinion on the matter of Otto Gotlieb. We have surveyed Throughout the East from Endeweard’s lands and thence beyond. Having proved the customs of Service in manners of leading, of making, of mapping, and all well witnessed by many, We provide in these days past Martinstag, that Otto shall be called a companion of the Order of the Pelican and be knowne by his deeds and countenance. Worthy is he for whom service is home. The bells should ring, and crowds come gathering round. Made by Our sovereign word A.S. LV.
König Tindal König Alberic
Text inspired by
A public letter from Conrad II to the Abbot of Corvey on the Germans’ Crusade, original in Latin
To Cedric of Thanet, knight, laurel, and worthy subject, do We send Our greetings and recognition. Long and well have you served our lands, guarding the northern marches at Our ward’s end with sword, and spear, and ax, and blade. Teaching all comers, you have encouraged Our ranks and protected Our borders with your great service to those of great and humble esteem alike. In honor of your reliability and wise governance, We render to you the gratitude deserved for your care of Our loyal subjects, and for the very great fidelity which you have shown to the East, by ordaining you a companion of the Order of the Pelican with the advice and consent of your fellow companions. By this sign, all will know Our respect for your devotion, and should you be called beyond Our borders, all willing, you shall return to us. Thus, three days past Martinmas, in the fifty-fifth year of the Society, with Our intention of worthily rewarding your services now complete, We, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, Royal Majesties of the East, ask you to continue the same.
Labor omnia improba vincit.2
+ Ego Tindal rex Orientis consensi et subscripsi + Ego Alberic rex Orientis consensi et subscripsi
1. Pay tribute to Cedric. From the Spear a pelican. 2. Hard work conquers everything.
This text inspired by
Text from a letter from Alexander IV to Margeurite of Provence, January 23, 1258
Public letter from Conrad II to the Abbot of Corvey on the Germans’ Crusade, original in Latin (https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/source/1148conrad2.asp)
“The food presented in this course represents the foods of fall in a well to do abbey. The abbey gardens would be heavy with fruits and vegetables, the chickens would still be happily laying, beer would be ready for drinking, and the wheat turned to flour.
As our new Baron and Baroness consider their new station, the religious orders would have been called to give counsel. In this case, counsel is to share a fine, simple meal with friends and loved ones as often as possible.”
Due to some last minute changes, I couldn’t use the menus I’d printed and created, so I’ve included the text that had been intended for that use as well as new text discussing the items that were improvised the day of.