Many parts of the Italian style arm harness of the end of XIV c. – beginning of the XV century was found in Chalkis bury in Greece. The similar design elements of plate arms are represented in Chartres, France. Another pair is preserved in the well known Churburg castle in the South Tyrol region. All those examples of medieval arms protection had a common construction: vambrace that went narrow at the wrist and extended on the top. Some forearms have horizontal slits for the sliding rivets. Such construction allows a side motion. In fact it was a real innovation for that time. Pair of plate arms from Churburg castle preserved in very good condition. They have leather elements riveted on the top of the upper arms which were used to connect armor to the sleeve of aketon. For this purpose knights have used leather laces with metal tips.
Replica of the late XIV century arm harness. As it was already mentioned before – the original artifact armor is preserved in Churburg castle, South Tyrol region, Italy. Plate arms consist of vambraces, elbow cops, rerebraces (biceps part) and articulation segments.
Arms Churburg are equipped with leather straps and steel buckles. They are painted inside to prevent rusting. Vambraces are anatomically shaped. A “tulip” forearms were popular in Western Europe in the XIV – beginning of the XV century. Steel elbow cops are slightly pointed.
We draw your attention to the functional part of this armor: the sliding rivets on the top of the forearms that give you maximum motion freedom. Armor is battle ready. You can use it in historical medieval combat held under rules by SCA, HMB, IMCF, WMFC. They are suitable for buhurt and duels. Biceps plate fits all models of shoulder protection.
Churburg arms can be forged from tempered or stainless steel, or from titanium as well. If you have doubts what material to choose – take a look at this small article: “What material do I choose for my armor be made from?”
This steel arms protection makes a good set with the same style Churburg breastplate.
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.