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Since the film was released in the early 1990s, I've loved the Walt Disney adaption of the literary
classic, The Three Musketeers. The film had humor, action, romance...
everything that a film about the Musketeers should be. Okay, it did take liberties with the original work,
but overall it was a good film. Now I've visited the Minnesota Renaissance Festival several
times since 1988, and I've never gone in period garb.
Now with the explosion of resources on the internet, I figured someone out there
must be able to make an accurate reproduction of the Musketeer Tunic as worn by the actors
in the Disney adaption of The Three Musketeers.
To this end I started looking and going over what I possessed already from my visits to the
Instead of going for a 100% screen accurate costume representation, I went more for what appealed to me, and
what gives the overall "feel" of the time period. The only exception to this guideline was the Musketeer
Tunic, which I'll get into later...
For the basic costume elements, I have a variety of items...
A shirt sewn in part by myself (with the 'hard parts' done by my loving wife)
from a Mcalls or Simplicity Rennaisance pattern set. Appx. Cost of Pattern & Materials: $15.00
A leather and textile doublet, purchased at Ren Fest back in... 1996?
Rust colored leather and grey textile inserts. Black lining. Appx. Cost $200.00
A set of Leather Gauntlets purchased from Excaliber Leather at Ren Fest... 1994? $55.00
A nice leather hat, courtesy of Excaliber Leather, 1997?, $65.00
Leather belt pouch, Excaliber Leather (sense a trend here?), 1999, About $25.00
Leather Sword Frog, Ex... caliber Leather, (What can I say, they do nice work overall...) 1997, About $25.00
7 league boots, eBay purchase - soft leather and very comfortable with only a 1 inch heel, 2003, $80 shipped.
Swept Hilt rapier, eBay purchase - Made in India, leather wrapped wood scabbard, 2003, $59.00 shipped!
The Musketeer Tunic is here! Custom crafted, it's made from a woolen
material with satin lining and appliqued cross and fleur de lis designs. It's not 100% accurate however.
Last week I discovered that the trim on the tunic is actually a special material and not plain silver as
we originally believed. You wouldn't know it unless you advanced frame-by-frame through a couple close up
sections of the film. The satin lining is black and should probably be a navy blue, or the same material
as the tunic itself, Still, for a hand crafted garment it's pretty nice overall.
The sword in the Disney adaption also was very stylized. Most noticeably is the large enameled
cross design in the loop of the handguard.
I think it would be reasonably easy to cast this item
in pewter, adding flanges onto the end of each section of the cross, that way the owner could
locate the rapier of their choice and clamp the design into place. I've done a little metal casting
so the idea is sound, it's just getting the original item sculpted that will be hard.