Queens of the Sea #3: 1650s Doublet and Breeches for Jacquotte Delahaye

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Welcome to day three of the Queens of the Sea series, part of the Random Magic Pirates book tour! Here is the mini-bio for today’s pirate, provided again by Lyrika:

Jacquotte Delahaye: The Gambler

Jacquotte Delahaye was a 17th century French pirate, or buccaneer, and her hunting ground was the Caribbean

She was originally from Haiti and turned to piracy after the death of
her family. She faked her own death and later returned under her own

Her nickname was ‘Back from the Dead Red,’ because of her vivid red
hair and seeming ability to return from the grave.

You can read more about Jacquotte Delahaye at The Book Swarm on May 16th, as part of the Queens of the Sea series. (I’ll update the link after it’s been posted.)

Other sources say she was active around 1650 or so, and that she started out disguising herself as a man but later worked under her own identity — so I gave her men’s clothes, but cute ones. The doublet just doesn’t seem very nautical to me… maybe it could be for formal occasions. In any case, at this point we are just a couple of decades away from the kinds of clothes, like waistcoats and justacorps, commonly associated with the “golden age of piracy.”

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Check out the tour schedule here! And for more information about Random Magic, here’s the trailer for the book.

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Calamity Jane in Fringed Leather Jacket and Buckskin Breeches

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I’m listening to Deadwood Dick’s Doom, or, Calamity Jane’s Last Adventure, a dime novel western by Edward Wheeler. At three hours long I will probably be done with it by tomorrow, but if you like westerns or Deadwood, which I do, it’s an enjoyable three hours. The reading is a mite uneven, as with a lot of LibriVox books read by many readers, but overall it’s great, and some of the readers really put some life into it. I mean, how can you not love this line:
“Yes, I am Deadwood Dick, the celebrated cuss from Custer clime– the diabolical devil-may-care devotee of road-agency, from Deadwood the hunted hurricane, Harris, just as you see me. And according to a recent act of Congress, if you or any other two-legged individual attempts to harm yonder girl, whoever she may be, I’ll agree to furnish him with a free pass over Jordan by the most direct ethereal line. I mean business, so let some pilgrim of enterprising disposition open the market.”

Bullock couldn’t pull that off, but just imagine Swearengen chewing on it, preferably while waving around a pistol, even if the chivalrous sentiment isn’t quite his department…

Anyways, this is a drawing of Calamity Jane’s outfit, based off of this picture of her scan courtesy of this Calamity Jane site, Calamity Jane gets to show off in this book, putting a bullet through the neck of a bottle midair, but at the moment she’s in mortal peril. I’m not worried, though, Deadwood Dick has a 3 for 3 record of protecting helpless women, so far, and I predict that tomorrow she’ll be out of her predicament and back with him.