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Our booth At the MN Renaissance Fest 2012

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Sep 4, 2012

Kings Queens and Face Xards

Occasionally it is said that there are specific historical figures that are represented by the jacks, kings and queens in a deck of cards.…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Aug 6, 2012

Everything Old is New Again

A number of popular twentieth-century board games are actually just up-dated versions of period games. Interestingly, these traditional gam…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Jul 31, 2012

Portable Fabric Games

Our first line of products when went into the game business is our portable fabric games. We had experimented with printing on card stock a…

Started by Charles Knutson

3 Jul 21, 2012
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"Maw" -A Card Game of the Scottish Court

Just a little something I put together as a handout for a local Scottish event we attended History. Maw was a game that became popular in…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Jul 19, 2012

My Celtic Art

A little look at my Celtic art, some of it non-game related.

Started by Charles Knutson

1 Jul 8, 2012
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Gambling & Early America

Following the English Civil war there was a large increase in gambling in England. Following the restoration of the crown, royalists who ha…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Jun 25, 2012

Jost Amman 16th C. Playing Cards

Dating to 1588 this 52-card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the Germa…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Jun 24, 2012

Sinners & Saints (playing card history)

I've recently been boning-up on the history of playing cards since we came out with three new reproduction 16th century decks.  It seems th…

Started by Charles Knutson

0 Jun 24, 2012



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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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