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Hand Ruffs

Anna Rosina Marquart, wearing hand ruffs. Née Tanck, she was the wife of the mayor of Lübeck . Painting from 1642 by Michael Conrad Hirt (1613–1671) - St. Annen Museum, Lübecker, Germany. Anna Rosina Marquart, wearing hand ruffs. Née Tanck, she was the wife of the mayor of Lübeck . Painting from 1642 by Michael Conrad Hirt (1613–1671) - St. Annen Museum, Lübecker, Germany.

Hand ruffs are attached to the cuff of a shirt or chemise worn by both men and women. Hand ruffs were popular from about AD 1560 to 1650. They were often decorated using embroidery, lace and/or spangles, often in the same manner as the main ruff worn around the neck. During the sixteenth century the term ‘ruffles’ was regarded as synonymous with hand ruffs.

Source: CUNNING, Valerie, C.W. CUNNINGTON and P.E. CUNNINGTON (2010), The Dictionary of Fashion History, London, Berg, p. 100.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8 July 2016).

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