Medieval breastplate armor with a decorative V-shaped rib
Churburg Castle offers 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 comes from the name of rank of this medieval noble. The 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 contains well preserved examples of medieval helmets, cuirasses, breastplates, and leg and arm protection.
In 2015 we visited Churburg Castle to in order to touch true medieval history. At the museum store we found a real treasure: a photo book of the armor collection. The photographer Carlo Paggiarino paid attention to the smallest details. If you have the opportunity we recommend you get a copy of “The Churburg armoury. Historic Armour and arms in the castle of Churburg”, with a foreword by the well known armor expert Claude Blair and published by Hans Prunner.
The inspiration for our Churburg Beastplate was made around 1390 in the Milanese Style. 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”. This type of reinforcement is intended to protect the throat by deflecting the point of a weapon. The original breastplate was decorated with brass trim. The edge of each segment was variegated by engraved text: “IESUS AUTEM TRANSIENS PER MEDIUM ILLORUM IBAT” (which can be translated as “But Jesus passing through their midst went His way”).
The central segment of the chest plate has a cupola shape. The four additional plates on each side are smaller. The whole set of riveted plates makes a kind of frontal belt. Our Churburg Breastplate is fixed to the body with leather straps and steel buckles. The fastenings go over shoulders and cross the back.
If you really like Churburg style armor you can complement your breastplate with Churburg Arms. Our Churburg Breastplate is historically accurate, battle ready armor. It can be used for full contact medieval combat, re-enactment, SCA, or even LARP. It is available in mild steel, tempered steel, stainless steel, or titanium.
If you would like your future piece as historically accurate as possible, the breastplate can be equipped with a functional lance-rest hook and brass decorative trim (with or without the original etched Latin text.
Please note, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.