It seems as though the French Cuff evolved along side the cuff link; however the “French” part either stems from Napoleon’s desire to hide the snot on his soldiers’ sleeves, or the popularity of the garment in France thanks to Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers”, or both; this is the sort of thing that’s going to require more offline research on my part, so expect a follow-up post. In the mean time:
1950s Pink and White Stripe Dotted Swiss Cotton via Oldclothes. Cut for people with breasts. Ships worldwide. $10 USD
Vintage Esquire Nylon French Cuffs Shirt via BarberryLane. Cut for people without breasts. Ships to US only. $10 USD
Vintage Ivory Blouse/French Cuffs via SarahKates. Cut for people with breasts. Ships worldwide. $30 USD
Shown Above: Brooks Brothers University Stripe French Cuff via A Days Work. Cut for people without breasts. Ships worldwide. $38 USD
A cockade is a bit of ribbon worn as a badge of allegiance to a cause. They are pretty easy to made, are would make a nice way to show allegiances when the people following (or being followed) don’t have the money to acquire or provide tabards. Check out the tutorial here!
PS As a bonus, here is a folk song featuring them.
If you examine the middle parts of the lady on the right of this image- not those middle parts, get your mind out of Shakespeare’s gutter- you will find a muff. Not that kind of muff! Look, what kind of pervert are you?
A muff is a perfectly innocent word for a round tube of fur that was popular as a cold-weather garment for a span of three hundred years, from the 1600s through the early 1900s (source and source). It was unisex for the first 200 years of its popularity, though it became a ladies-only garment by the Victorian Era. It’s hardly a combat appropriate, but it is rather small and compact; something to keep with you on those long trails. It would be even more effective as an accessory for one of those incredibly long-lived night-walking bloodsuckers everyone’s so fond of; the kind of touch that reveals a person a bit behind the times.
Photo is of Marvel Rea (left), Fred Sterling (center), and Alice Maison (right), circa 1919, via Wikimedia Commons. The work is in the Public Domain.
But if you want a muff of your very own…