In the middle ages the fortress of Chalcis was a venetian colony. In 1470 it was destroyed by Ottoman Empire. The large hoard of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century armor was discovered in the ruins of the fortress in 1840. The Italian spaulders from the Chalcis armor collection dated from ca.1380 – 1400. Our Spaulders Chalkis consist
We have created a faithful replica of the late XIV century arm harness found in Churburg Castle which consists of vambraces, elbow cops, rerebraces, (which cover the biceps) and articulation segments. Our Churburg Arms are equipped with leather straps and steel buckles and are painted inside to prevent rusting. The vambraces are anatomically shaped and possess
This late XV century full plate arm protection consists of: pauldrons, rerebraces, elbow cops and vambraces. In the first quarter of the XV century, Milanese armorers invented a very simple way to connect all the arm protection segments with the help of leather straps or sliding rivets. This invention eliminated all the gaps in arm
XIV century French arm armor, based off a set made for Charles VI (preserved in Chartres Cathedral in France). This arm harness is fully joined with rivets but allows for a large degree of freedom of movement. Our French Arm Armor is secured with leather straps and steel buckles. The steel is painted on the
We present to you our take on XIV century spaulders worn with lentner or coat armor. The anatomical shape provides excellent mobility and nicely complement steel arm protection from the XIV century. They are equipped with leather points with holes to enable you to easily affix them to your padded gambeson. Additionally, we have included
This model of shoulder protection was inspired by Milanese spaulders – espalderium. Our Segmented Spaulders are smaller than their historical XV century Milanese counterparts. This makes them more comfortable to use. The so-called “wings” of Milanese spaulders were quite big, such that they sometimes overlapped each other at the shoulder blades. This was done with
Italian style spaulders (also called “narrow spaulders”) from the late XV century. Our Narrow Spaulders are based on the armor of Kaspar of Frundsberg which is preserved in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien, Austria. Our Narrow Spaulders consist of 3 narrow bicep plates, a shoulder cup and a long bicep plate which extends to the
The original artifact pauldrons which reside in the Churburg armor collection were made by the craftsman Biagio for Giovanni Spanzotti in Milan sometime between 1420 – 1460. They are decorated with engravings and the inscription “Urs”. On the rear side, the armor is punched with themarks of Italian masters. The pauldrons are made in the
From approximately the second half of the XIV century, elbow protection was designed as one big plate following the contour of the elbow. It was fixed to the upper arms and canons (vambraces) with the help of leather laces. Our Steel Elbow Caps include leather straps and leather laces. The Wings of Steel elbow caps
If you are looking for basic, practical elbow protection, look no further. The lightweight, plain shape of Steel Elbows provides perfect mobility. The Steel Elbows have leather straps and laces for a secure fit exactly where you need it. They’re a great addition to any set of armor. N.B.: The listed price is for a
Our Elbow Cops with Rondels Type-2 are based off armor from the XIV and early XV centuries. These elbow cops are equipped with bowl-shaped rondels and a reinforcement rib which goes all around the edge of the rondel. The elbow of the piece is slightly pointed at the olecranon area. The decorative elements are made of
Our Elbow Cops with Rondels are based off armor from the XIV and early XV centuries. These elbow cops are equipped with bowl-shaped rondels and a reinforcement rib which goes all around the edge of the rondel. The elbow of the piece is slightly pointed at the olecranon area. Our Elbow Cops with Rondels are
Medieval Arm Armour
The topic of arm protection is particularly interesting and is a pertinent topic to armor smiths and armored fighters alike. Crafting and wearing arm armor is not as simple as saying “Well, you need full arm armor, which consists of shoulder armor, rerebraces, elbow armor, and vambraces.” Before you purchase your set, you need to understand the purpose of your arm armor. In one instance, you might need armor to protect you during the buhurt. In another, you’ll need a good articulation because you’re planning on participating in HMB or IMCF duels. In both cases, you need armor for your arms, but your approach will differ based on your goals and needs.
First of all, let’s walk through the main parts of armor for arms and take a closer look at their details. Arm protection starts with shoulder armor. We recommend paying special attention to this part, because shoulders are the most vulnerable to impact and often get hit. Good shoulder armor can and should withstand both sword and halberd. Consider the thickness of this armor segment – while 1mm metal thickness is enough for dueling, you will need 1.5mm thickness for buhurt.
Bicep armor and vambraces typically have a metal thickness of 1mm, which is enough for both buhurt and duel. However, of course, you should also consider your personal preferences and take care of your health.
Moving on to elbow armor – it is almost always 1.5mm thick. This thickness is due to a technical part of production. But don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the overall weight of your arm armor. When we’re talking about the armor’s weight, it’s important to understand that your arms should be as lightweight as possible. Your arms move the most during the battle, and even 100 grams of additional weight can affect your stamina, which is crucial for you and your team. Don’t let anyone down and reduce the weight of your arm armor as much as possible (but as always, safety first!).
According to HMB and IMCF regulations, you can use armor from the XIII – XV centuries. In the XIII century, armored European fighters mostly used brigandine arms and other simple armor to protect their arms. However, by the XV century, metal plates appeared that connected the armored elements for the shoulders, biceps, elbows, and forearms. Naturally, a structure connected with rivets offered more protection, but arm armor that was laced together offered a lot more mobility.
The issue of aesthetics and personal taste cannot be overlooked either. By opting for brigandine arm armor, you can choose from a large assortment of fabrics to cover your armor. It can be monochrome wool with a large selection of colors, or tapestry fabric just like you’ve seen in paintings at a museum. It’s also worth mentioning that the metallic parts of these pieces of battle equipment are painted over on both sides, which removes the need for care to some extent. Nevertheless, you can always choose a non-corrosive material and get so-called “white armor” which doesn’t use fabric or leather, except for straps, of course.
Don’t delay your dreams – purchase your arm armor today! If you have any questions – ask away. We’re always glad to talk about medieval battles and armor.