Images of past commissions

These galleries represent some of Jeff's past work.   Most of these were custom made pieces.   If you wish to purchase armor, check the for sale section for pieces in stock ready to go out.   If you would like to commission a custom armor please contact Jeff through the email/contact section of the website.

14th Century Armor

Plate armor, first emerges in the 14th century as a reinforcement to mail.  Armor of this period incorporates leather and textile in it's construction. Jeff's reproductions  are patterned after historical examples found in museums and extant artwork of the period.

1380s English armour
1380s English armour

This form was in use from about 1380 to 1420 across Europe with slight stylistic variations.

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Hourglass gauntlet
Hourglass gauntlet

A very decorated pair. Notice the embossed fingernails and the latten borders and gadlings.

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Vambraces
Vambraces

Armor for the arms.

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Hourglass gauntlets
Hourglass gauntlets

Gauntlets have a stitched in glove. The fingerplates are tailored to fit each finger.

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Leg harness
Leg harness

Consisting of cuisses, greaves and sabatons.

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Visored bascinet
Visored bascinet
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Hourglass gauntlets
Hourglass gauntlets

In these gauntlets the fingers are defended by a series of small oblong plates. Each one is shaped to minimize gapping.

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Inside of an integral arm harness
Inside of an integral arm harness

Leathers on the front and center allow the shoulder lames to colapse while pivoting rivets help maintain form in the rear.

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Armor for the upper body
Armor for the upper body

Here we see a paunce of plate covering the waist, a breastplate with stop rib, and arm harness with integral shoulders. Normally these parts would be worn over a mail shirt or mail voiders.

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Detail of a Bascinet
Detail of a Bascinet

Marked with a crown. The aventaille (mail neck defense) is held in place by vervailles (brass studs rivetted to the helmet).

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15th Century Armor

15th century armor is characterized by the presence of more articulated plates that overlap and the development of national styles such as German, English and Italian.  These styles are defined by fluting, form and decoration.  

1460s Italian armor
1460s Italian armor

This one was made for a museum: Discover Park America, in Tennessee.

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Italian Armet  1460s
Italian Armet 1460s

This one has a beautiful aventaille made by Tom Biliter.

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Italian  mitten gauntlets
Italian mitten gauntlets

This is an earlier style that is still symmetrical. They have one mitten plate and individual finger plates.

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English Armor
English Armor

This armor is based on the Hungerford effigy in Canterbury Cathedral. 1455-60.

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Mid 15th c. armor
Mid 15th c. armor

Milanese (Italian) style.

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Cuisse and greaves
Cuisse and greaves

Italian mid 15th c. style cuisse and greaves. Mail made by Toby Capwell. This is his Italian armor.

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Jousting Helm
Jousting Helm

Based on a piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anglo- Flemish 1510.

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Hungerford Armor
Hungerford Armor

Mid 15th c. English armor based on the Effigy of Lord Hungerford.

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Italian Armet
Italian Armet

1460s This type of helmet is distinctly Italian but was used all over Europe.

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Italian arm harness
Italian arm harness

Assymetrical since the left side of the body was usually taking the brunt of an attack. The left side has an extra re-inforcing plate.

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16th Century Armor

Here is a gallery of 16th c. armor.  The fashion for this time included roped edges, embossed borders,  etching,  gilding and bluing.

Early 16th c. Half armor
Early 16th c. Half armor

This armor was made to illustrate what Spanish soldiers would have worn in the new world.

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Rondelle,  German 1525
Rondelle, German 1525

Embossed spade design. Part of the German 1525 armor (A30).

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German Armet
German Armet

Part of the "Burgundy Cross Armor".

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German Couter
German Couter

This belongs to the slotted Burgundy cross armor. It is etched and gilt.

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German 1525
German 1525

This armor is based off an armor made by Kolman Helmschmid. The original is in the Wallace collection, London. (A30)

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Greenwich 1580s
Greenwich 1580s

Peascod Breastplate and Gorget. Built for the Art Institute of Chicago and featured in a Nova documentary.

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German slotted, Burgundy cross armor
German slotted, Burgundy cross armor

Etched and gilt, the helmet and gauntlets are cut with slots for better ventilation; tournament use.

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Morion
Morion

Etched, gilt and blued, this German Morion would be worn by a soldier in the guard. 1580s

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German 1525
German 1525

This armor is based off an armor made by Kolman Helmschmid. The original is in the Wallace collection, London. (A30)

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German 1525
German 1525

This armor offers almost a complete protection of plate. The inner arms are covered with lames. The pauldrons extend over the breast and backplate. The neck is completely covered by the gorget.

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Want to see more?  Go to this link for more galleries of armor in Jeff's Smugmug:  

Medieval Armor, Art and Education

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