and Cossack 17th C, Costume
of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth Kozak Russian Belarus
Cossacks and History
Muscovite Pikemen 1653-54
Buffcoat 'caftan' (labeled as a zupan in the article), 17th C.
Pike head, 1st half 17th C,
Swords, 2nd half 17th C,
Infantry Helmets, 2nf half 17th C.
above from Muscovite Foote in the 17th C. in Zeughaus Magazine No 1, 2002
The last one to the right is a Cossack (mid 1600s). The Ukrainian Cossacks would look more like Poles than like Muscovites.
Ukrainians / Cossacks, 17th C Hetman, Polkovnik, Stotnick (Marshall, Colonel, Captain), Note that the overcoat would have sleeves, although these misleadingly look like capes. Extra extra big fur collars are actually convertible to hoods.
This picture from the Osprey book contains a critical and consistent error -the left breast covers the right, like a modern men's suit jacket. Details! the Right should cover the left! See 'legal' styles of button arrangements at right. (really no exceptions known to this rule, though I suppose someone who had a zupan made by a 17th C. Paris tailor might get an odd surprise of this sort - look again at the original buffcoat above, the Muscovite infantry caftan drawn from an original, the hetman/col/captain picture, and all the Polish zupans and kontuzs. Sad that such a nice if corny picture is so screwed up.)
This is a Polish infantryman, probably identical to Cossack infantrymen of the period. He is shown with an overcoat - kontuz-like. This would be an obvious requirement during the colder half of the year, but I could see this item not being worn during the summer months. However, it probably would have been worn for battle unless the temp was in the 90s.
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Gals (unmarried) well-to-do townsfolk or peasants17th -18th C
Rich Townsfolk (Gorodyany) 16-17 th C.
A variety of shirts from after the 17th C.; the plain gusseted models are also OK for 17th C. I don't have any documentation supporting the full-embroidered front on 17th C. men's shirts - probably any embroidery would be simple decorative lines.
Various pants after 17thC; mostly OK for 17th C. also. NOTE!! So-called "Kosakins", pajama-cut puffy pants are not documented for the 17th C.! That's a 19th C. stereotype. Puffy pants should be cut like the ones on the left panel..
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