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Armor :: Cuirasses; Armor for the torso

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A coat of plates for an English cuirass of 1380.

The breastplate has two semi-circles of decorative rosette rivets that adorn the front. This seems to be a style that was popular in the late 14th c. and an example is the surviving velvet covered breastplate in the Bayerisches Museum in Munich.

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Same as above showing the back and the arrangement of plates and straps. This coat of plates is modelled off of the famous statue of St. George in Prague.
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Here it is on the patron. It has a tight waist that allows it to sit on the hips, keeping the weight of it off of the shoulders.
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15th Century Brigandine. 1050 hardened steel, brass rivets and green leather.

Fall 2006.

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Peascod Breastplate. 1050 hardened steel

Spring 2006.

16th century peascod breastplate and backplate with tassets. Left rough from the hammer and blackened with linseed oil.

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An early brigandine. Hardened steel, -1050

Spring 2005.

This was based on plates found at Chalcis, that now reside in the Metropolitan museum of Art. I also found images in artwork as references. Armour of this type dates from the late 14th to the early 15th century. It was quite a puzzle to piece together but I think it came out quite nice. The plates are rivetted into a canvas reinforced leather. All plates overlap in some way.

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A gothic backplate. This belongs to the late 15th century full harness in the armour section. Notice how the fluting mimics the folds of civilian garments worn at that time.
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A gothic breastplate done in the style of the 1480s-90s. Notice the elaborate punch and filework.
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