Brigandine Armour 18 Gauge Plates
A brigandine is a style of armour made from a leather or fabric jacket with metal plates riveted into it. Medieval brigandines were influenced by the design of the coat of plates armour, which developed in the late 12th century. The development of brigandines began during the 14th century in the transitional period between mail and plate and continued in use until the 15th and 16th century.
During the 14th century both knights and men at arms wore brigandines which were generally fitted. However, as the design of plate armour became more effective and wide spread during the late 15th century the use of brigandine fell out of favour with the upper classes and continued to be commonly used by lower rank combatants such as archers and men at arms. The design also changed and the brigandine became less fitted and the size of the plates increased.
Unlike plate, which was expensive to manufacture and needed to be custom made to fit correctly, the design of a brigandine was simple enough for most soldiers to make and repair without the need for an experienced armourer. The smaller steel plates were cheaper and easier to make and the brigandine could be adjusted to pass onto other men at arms
This brigandine is made from several layers of cotton and felt with steel plates riveted between.
The individual plates measure 12.7cm x 8.25cm (5’’ x 3 1/4’)’ and are crafted from 18 gauge steel.
The cotton fabric gives more breathability to the garment compared to synthetic materials and the short sleeves have an open arm pit for mobility and ventilation.
The brigandine can be adjusted to size with the leather straps and brass buckles on its sides and under the arms.
Suitable for late 14th and 15th century re-enactment of lower class personas, LARP and SCA.
Available in medium, large and extra-large
Size in centimeters:
S / M
L / XL
XXL / XXXL
5. NECK WIDTH
6. SLEEVE LENGTH
7. SLEEVE OPENING
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