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Introducing our Heritage Costumes exclusive, quality line of Famous Pirates Costumes...
Pirates are the stuff of legends — their tales from the seven seas are inspiring and shocking, almost unbelievable, but exciting in their violence, riches, and adventure. Most often, though, people assume the best-known pirates, the ones whose lore we still talk about today, were men. During the Golden Age of pirating, not all of the plundering pirates who set sail were men. In fact, some of the most fearsome and most skilled were women like Anne Bonny. Though little truth is known about Anne Bonny, this Irish woman turned pirate became legendary.
Her date of birth is unknown, and so too is her date of death. But one thing is certain: Anne Bonny was born in County Cork, Ireland. The only account of her life, and the few details known to history, are recorded in Captain Charles Johnson’s book, A General History of the Pyrates. From a young age Anne’s father, William Cormac, dressed her as a boy. He called her Andy, got her an apprenticeship under a London lawyer, and helped her get a leg up on all other women of the 1700s. It wasn’t until Anne decided to marry a pirate that pirating became part of her life.
Anne and her seafaring husband left London and sailed to Nassau in the Bahamas. Some time after they arrived, the couple joined the Republic of Pirates, a sanctuary for pirates on the run from the British law. There, Anne began connecting with pirates. She decided to escape the island and her husband, joining pirate John “Calico Jack” Rackham on his sloop and disguising herself as a man. Anne thrived at sea, proving a formidable force alongside Rackham. She met Mary Read, another female pirate who became her closest friend. Together, the three pirates traveled throughout the Caribbean from Cuba to Jamaica, capturing other ships and earning themselves a huge treasure.
Anne Bonny often fought alongside the men in her ship’s crew — but in October 1720, the crew was attacked by a ship sent by the British government. Together with Mary Read, Anne fought the troops until they were imprisoned. The entire crew was hanged, but Mary and Anne were given a stay of execution as both were pregnant. Fortunately, even after Anne gave birth she wasn’t hanged. No one knows what happened to Anne Bonny; some believe she escaped, others believe she was ransomed. With no record of her release or execution, no one knows if Anne took to the seas again or lived a quiet new life.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this adult Anne Bonny famous pirates costume is authentic to the golden era of pirating in the 1800s and the attire worn by the famed female pirate herself. You’ll look just like the plundering woman of the seven seas when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Anne Bonny’s attire accurately, this costume includes a rich brown velveteen pirate frock coat featuring gold braid trim and gold buttons, a burgundy brocade adjustable back waistcoat (or vest), colonial pirate knee breeches, a pirate’s blouse, a plastic pirate sword, and a faux leather sword hanger. You’ll look the part of the strong, savvy pirate captain with this costume straight out of the colonial era.
Of course, every colonial lady on or off the sea needs a few accessories, too. No female pirate during the 18th century left home without her pirate wig, flintlock pistol, pirate flag, pirate boots, telescope, or pirate hat. If you’d like to enhance your costume with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality Anne Bonny costume can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a famed female pirate. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Anne Bonny famous pirates costume is built to last.
Self: 100% Polyester Shell
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Prints: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Faux Suede 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
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