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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 Mary Read. One of the most famous female pirates of all time, Mary Read is the perfect example of a pirate’s life during the 1700s.
Born the illegitimate daughter of an English woman and an unknown father, Mary Read was destined for the sea. From birth, her mother disguised her as a boy — she’d tried to hide the pregnancy and decided passing Mary off as her son would be more acceptable. So, Mary lived as a boy and reaped the benefits. As a teenager, she found a job on a ship and got her first sea experience. Mary then joined the British military, managing to prove herself on the battlefield without anyone discovering her hidden gender. Mary continued dressing as a man whenever it benefitted her.
After a stint in Holland’s military, Mary decided she needed a new adventure. She boarded a ship to the West Indies and discovered her next career when that ship was taken by pirates. Mary decided to willingly join those pirates and became a privateer. By 1720, Mary met the pirate John “Calico Jack” Rackham and Anne Bonny at sea. Together, the three pirates embarked on a hugely successful career of stealing treasure and attacking ships. And only Bonny and Rackham knew that Mary was a woman. Mary and Bonny became as vicious and formidable as the men in their crew.
But at some point, it came to an end. Mary, along with the rest of Rackham’s pirate crew, was attacked by British pirate hunters. Though she fought “like a man” according to reports, she was sentenced to hang. Mary and Bonny both pleaded for stays as they were both pregnant, and the two female pirates were instead imprisoned. It was in that prison were Mary died from a violent fever, ending her life as a pirate.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this adult Mary Read 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 Mary Read’s attire accurately, this costume includes a rich black 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 Mary Read 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 Mary Read famous pirates costume is built to last.
While piracy was predominantly a male occupation, a minority of pirates have been female. Female pirates, like other women in crime, faced interesting issues in both practicing this occupation and being punished for it.
Self: 100% Polyester Shell
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Prints: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Faux Suede 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
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