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‚ÄčOne of the traditions that makes the SCA unique is the giving and receiving of largesse. When Royals travel or members of the populace perform acts of service, largesse is usually given as a gift or a thank-you to visitors, hosts, and volunteers. It is an important part of our game and is often a way for The Crown to show hospitality.

Of course the giving of largesse is not just about receiving lovely items. The benefits of largesse are, in fact, two-fold. First, our Royalty have beautiful gifts to give while alleviating some of the financial burden that comes with The Crown, and second, our very talented and skilled artisans gain recognition and exposure throughout the Kingdom, and even the Known World.

So where does largesse come from? From the populace of course! Anyone and everyone can make and/or donate items for largesse. We do encourage that items be period in nature, or very specific mundane items that are used to improve our game. Sometimes during a reign requests will be sent out either to certain artisans or for certain items, but there are many items that are always needed. If you are unsure as to what to give or want to see if your special skills are needed, please contact the largesse coordinator for your Kingdom, Barony, or Shire. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

Ideas for largesse include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Hats and head coverings
  • Neck coolers
  • Soap, towels, combs
  • Jewelry, pins, baubles, hair pins, arm bands, rings, bells, beads Cutlery, napkins, table cloths, drinking vessels
  • Money pouches
  • Sewing kits, buttons (wood, metal, fabric, bone or antler), nalbinding needles
  • Brass needles, veil pins
  • Bone needles, bone awls
  • Findings for various styles of garb (clasps, frogs, decorative elements)
  • Lacing rings
  • Leather lacing
  • Period/regional recipes
  • Books (for writing in or reading), notebooks, belt books Woven trim, lucet cord, handspun yarn
  • Gift bags, haversack bags
  • Cloth (linen, wool, silk)
  • Necklaces
  • Centre bosses, metal elbows, leather shoulders, knee cops Wire woven necklaces and bracelets
  • Pottery
  • Dice (wood or bone)
  • Boxes and chests
  • Weaving tablets/cards
  • Fans
  • Illuminated note cards
  • Lucets
  • Handmade paper

In small quantities:

  • Cloves
  • Teas
  • Liquors
  • Preserves
  • Scent bags
  • Spices
  • Baking

Kids items:

  • Dolls
  • Puppets
  • Wooden toys
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Treasure hunting maps
  • Felt balls

If you have any questions regarding largesse, or wish to donate items for largesse, please contact Their Majesties' Largesse Coordinator.

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