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Medieval Hawking Bag by Archanejil Medieval Hawking Bag by Archanejil
These bags were really quite popular between the 1300s and mid-1500s. It's original purpose was to hold small live animals (usually rodents) in order to feed them to hawks and such. The ring around the neck used to prevent them from scrabbling out of the bag as it created a weighted fold. The design is taken from illuminations from the 1440s, so it's historically accurate.

Hand stitched and uses period materials (wooden & bone beads, leather, waxed linen and a brass buckle).
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. Clearly the totes kids are carrting in college these days are a close resemblance to this ancient pattern
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Thanks! And yeah, there's a few designs they're similar to. Simple just works across time I guess!
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Noctiped Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very well done. Both design and the crafting itself feels very well-made and practical.

I can't help thnking; But won't the rats or mice chew through the leather?
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The falconers generally put the rodents in the bag and then gave the bag a whack with a weighted dobby stick. This either killed or rendered the rodents unconscious so they didn't scrabble about too much. It's a bit grim in all fairness!

I think the weight of the rodents pulled the leather taught so they couldn't get purchase on the inside leather to bite it -- it's the only possibility I can think of for them not chewing through if they were live.
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Also, bear in mind that some folks just thought it was mighty fashionable, hence some of the bags being medieval for trendy.
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Noctiped Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, then I get it. Thanks for explaining! =)
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Noctiped Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Final version of my bag is done if you would like to take a look. =)
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TariToons Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that looks cute :3 I bet every Kender or Halfling would like it.
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Thanks! Strangely enough, I play a kender, lol!
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