Queen Elisabeth’s Buskins.

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies.

A valuable sourcebook for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical reenactments, this book contains all the information you need to create authentic clothes from the Tudor period.

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Buskin of Elizabeth I of England


Tudor era



ONE of a pair of riding-boots, or buskins, of elegant shape and excellent workmanship. They are made of soft leather of a rich brown color, stitched with white thread; the heels, covered with leather of the same color, are of wood, and are 3 inches high; the soles at the thickest part are 3/4 of an inch; a continuous layer of brown leather covers both heels and soles. The entire length from the base of the heel to the toe is 7 inches.

Creating Historical Clothes: Pattern cutting from Tudor to Victorian times by Elizabeth Friendship.

Lavishly illustrated with historical paintings and portraits from each era, this book is ideal for costume students, professional costumiers, and anyone who wants to recreate authentic yet wearable period styles.

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman.

England’s Tudor monarchs―Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I―are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history.

The legs are open at the sides and are pierced for lacing; their total height is 18 inches, and they are lined with fawn-colored silk some five inches from the tops: there are four holes on the instep of the buskins, through which a cord or ribbon would be passed to draw the latchets together, to which probably a rosette would be fastened.

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)

These buskins, which undoubtedly belonged to Queen Elizabeth, are in perfect preservation, and are kept among the treasures of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Royal and historic gloves and shoes by W. B. Redfern. London 1904.