Breastplate is a part of plate armour covering the body from the front. As the separate armor it appeared at the beginning of the XIV century. The earliest notes about such type of medieval torso protection is mentioned in the armor description of the English king Edward III. This manuscript was made by Gerard deTournai between 1337 and 1341 years and contains description of “Poitrines pour les joustes” (Breastplates for the duels). Approximately from 1380 year the separate breastplate as it was worn without the coat of plates, has got a rounded shape. It was worn over the padded gambeson or jupon.
The offered steel breastplate was used without the back plate. The original artefact armor was made in Milan in the end of the XIV century. Now it is preserved in Churburg castle museum.
It is equipped with the V-shaped stop rib, also called “lisiere d’arret”. Straps are made of durable leather and fasten on the back. Neck, armpits and bottom edge are finished by the rolling trim which was typically used for all body armors of this style. Optionally Steel breastplate can be crafted from tempered steel, stainless steel or titanium. Steel breastplate makes a good set with Arms Churburg and Bascinet of Charles VI. If you would like to order gambeson as on the photo: Gambeson French Tricolor
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.