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I'm painting Barnabus Frost, Pirate Captain, and came across an odd situation. On his left side, possibly hanging from his belt, there is an approximately trapezoidal shape that has three tassels hanging from it. I've seen things like it before, being an SCA member and fairly familiar with historical clothing, but I have no idea what it's called or if it serves any use beyond decoration.

 

I searched Google images, but that was no help. Does anyone know what this could possibly be? For your reference, here is the best picture I could locate of the item:

Most people seem to paint it the same color as his coat, but I like to be as accurate as I can in my painting and would like more information on this interesting object.

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It is a pocket flap. Often they were embroidered to match embroidery along the fronts.

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Yes, it's a pocket flap, often seen on military coats in the 1700's.  

 

Same as on these French soldiers:

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   And if you look look at the last photo in the link you shared, you can see the matching pocket on the right side of the figure.

 

 

 

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