Gold Key

What Is It and How to Borrow It

SCA events require those attending to make some attempt at pre-17th Century dress. But what if you're new and don't have any period clothes? Gold Key is the answer! Gold Key is a collection of garb and feastware that the Chatelaine takes to events for new members to borrow.

Garb - Garb is our word for period-looking clothing appropriate for an SCA event. The Barony of Cynnabar has a collection of garb for men and women. Our loaner garb varies in size and we should have something to fit most people.

Please Note: If you are looking for clothing for a noble persona, chances are you won't find it in Gold Key. But if you need something so you can attend your first few events, this would be the place to start. You can borrow from Gold Key while you are new to the SCA, but eventually you will be expected to acquire your own garb. Gold Key is a starting point for new members. If you need help making garb, consider attending our monthly Garb Workday!

Feastware - If you are going to eat at "feast" (a "formal" SCA meal -- not a lunch tavern), you will likely need your own plate and cutlery. Gold Key also contains loaner feastware for new members. In the SCA, you are expected to bring your own place setting for feasts. This means individual groups do not have to purchase and store hundreds of place settings in order to host an event feast.

To Arrange a Gold Key Loan, please contact the Cynnabar Chatelaine in advance of an event. While we make every attempt to bring the Gold Key collection to events, please don't assume it will be there unless we specifically say so -- we don't want you to be disappointed!

Gold Key Items for Loan (Main Collection):
Note on Sizing: Sleeve length measurements given here are from the center point where your neck meets your shoulders down to your wrist.
Note on Photos: Garb was photographed on a dressform so you can see it better than when it's on a hanger or lying flat, but it's still just one person's dressform and the garb will definitely look different on you! Click a picture to see a larger image.

  Gold Surcoat
Gold brocade surcoat with a black beaded neckline
Gold satin tunic

Chest: 34"-40"
Waist: Size 5-7
Sleeves: Bell
Skirt Bottom: Tall

Length: Tall
Chest: one size fits most
Waist: roomy

Approx. size: Small

Status: Available for loan.
  Pink Dress
Pink cotton sleeveless dress
White cotton chemise
Length: Tall
Chest: 42"-46"

Approx. size: Large (16-18)

Status: Available for loan.
  Cornflower Blue Cotton Tunic Dress
Heavyweight cotton flannel
Floral trim on upper arm and wrist
Length: 54"
Chest: 44"
Waist: 48"
Skirt Bottom: 106"
Sleeves: 38"
Bicep: 11"
Wrist: 8"

Approx. size: Small

Status: Available for loan.
  Green Fleur-De-Lis Dress
Lightweight cotton
Silver fleur-de-lis buttons down the front
Length: 53"
Chest: 48"
Waist: 50"
Skirt Bottom: 82"
Sleeves: 32"
Bicep: 17"
Wrist: 9"

Approx. size: Large

Notes: Buttons are functional.

Status: Available for loan.
  Royal Blue Beaded Dress
Silk-like fabric lined with cotton
Blue, green, and white beading around neckline and wrists
Length: 45"
Chest: 42"
Waist: 47"
Skirt Bottom: 108"
Sleeves: 31"
Bicep: 18"
Wrist: 10"

Approx. size: Large

Notes: Beading is lovely! Length is short, however, and may want to wear a skirt, loose pants, or leggings beneath it.

Status: Available for loan.
  Purple and Blue Sideless Surcoat
Lightweight wool-like fabric
Handstitched burgundy ribbon around sides
Length: 61"
Hips: 64"
Skirt Bottom: 96"
Approx. size: Large/Tall

Notes: Intended for a tall person (probably at least 5'9 or taller). You could hem it if you wished, so long as you unstitched the hemming before returning it. Also note that a tunic, underdress, or very long shirt of some sort (such as this) would need to be worn beneath this surcoat.

Status: Available for loan.
  Plum Tunic
Silk-like fabric
Ivory, green, and plum trim around sleeves
Length: 58"
Chest: 56"
Waist: 58"
Tunic Bottom: 120"
Sleeves: 31"
Bicep: 16"
Wrist: 11"

Approx. size: Large/Extra Large

Notes: Unisex

Status: Available for loan.
  Green and Blue Tunic
Mediumweight cotton canvas
Aqua blue trim around neck
Length: 50"
Chest: 60"
Waist: 68"
Sleeves: 28" / Bicep: 26"
Notes: Decorative stitching around blue trim.

Approx. size: Extra Large

Status: Available for loan.
  Red, White, and Black Tunic
Lightweight cotton
Black and white checkered trim around neckline. Cynnabar colors!
Length: 51"
Chest: 50"
Waist: 52"
Sleeves: 26"
Bicep: 17"

Notes: We have two of these tunics.

Approx. size: Large

Status: Available for loan.
  Child's Orange-Red Tunic
Lightweight linen
An orangey-red, very period!
Length: 22"
Chest: 35"
Waist: 39"
Sleeves: 23"
Bicep: 12"

Notes: Made for a 7-year-old, but would probably fit kids ages 4-8.

Approx. size: Child Small/Medium

Status: Available for loan.

Black Flower Belt (left): 61" long x 1" wide
Thin Brown Belt (middle): 51" long x 1" wide
Wide Black Belt (right): 59" long x 1 3/4" wide

Status: Available for loan.
  Feast Ware

Plate and bowl. Cutlery also available to go along with it.

Status: Available for loan.

Note: Other items available but not yet photographed/cataloged:
- White cotton shirt with small ruffled collar
- Yellow striped pants
- White cotton pants
- Black and yellow tunic

Gold Key (Storage Collection) - The items pictured below are NOT brought to Cynnabar events. I don't intend to catalog these items unless they are requested, at which point I'll retrieve them from storage and measure them. Feel free to request something! Click an image to see it in a larger size.