Medieval armor breastplate with decorative V-shaped rib
Churburg castle is the place where we can find a lot of excellent examples of the finest medieval armor. It was founded in 1253-1259 by Henry de Montfort, who was a bishop of Chur. The name of the castle goes from the name of rank of this medieval noble person. Castle is located in South Tyrol in the village of Schluderns (Sluderno). It was built on a hill, and can be seen from any point of the village. The armor collection of Churburg counts well preserved examples of medieval helmets, cuirasses, breastplates, legs and arms protection.
In 2015 we visited Churburg castle to touch the true medieval history. At the museum store we found a real treasure: photo book with armor collection. The photograph Carlo Paggiarino took attention to the smallest details. If you would have an opportunity we recommend you get one. Book’s name is “Historic armour and arms in the castle of Churburg”, with foreword of well known armour expert Claude Blair and under edition of Hans Prunner.
Breastplate is made in Milanese style, probably 1390 year. It belonged to one of the members of the Matsch family.
It’s composed of nine plates and has a V-formed stop rib on the central plate. In some historical sources this element is also called “lisière d’arrêt”. Such reinforcement is supposed to protect the throat by deflecting the point of weapon. The original breastplate was decorated with the brass trim. The edge of each segment was variegated with engraved text: “IESUS AUTEM TRANSIENS PER MEDIUM ILLORUM IBAT”.
The central segment of chest plate has a cupola shape. The additional four plates on each side are smaller. The whole set of riveted plates makes a kind of belt. However it doesn’t cover the back.
This chest armor is fixed on the body with the leather straps and steel buckles. Fastenings go by shoulders and cross the back.
If you really like a Churburg style armor you can complete your breastplate with the Arms Churburg.
Churburg Breastplate is historically accurate battle ready armor. It can be used for medieval combat, re-enactment, SCA, LARP. Choose the material you like it to be made from: mild steel, tempered steel or titanium.
If you would like to keep the highest historicity in details – this torso armor can be equipped with a functional lance-rest hook and brass decorative trim. For your choice it can be only brass trim without letters or etched original text in Latin.
Important: Our basic polishing is matte!
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.