Segmented Greaves - Three Piece
These greaves are based upon examples appearing in effigies & brasses from the 14th century. Based upon surviving evidence, segmented greaves appear to have been most popular in Germany and central Europe in the mid to late 14th century.
Greaves are one of the hardest pieces of armour to buy to complete a plate harness. Due to the variation in the anatomical form of the calf muscle and lower leg, two piece greaves are best when custom made and fitted, making them considerably expensive to purchase.
Three piece segmented greaves, because they are adjustable, offer a more economical solution. These greaves wrap around the lower leg and are secured at the back with two leather straps and steel buckles. These greaves flare at the bottom to also allow a sabaton (foot armour) to be worn. The back of the greaves have been blackened to improve corrosion resistance.
Segmented greaves can be seen on the effigy of Sir Burchard von Steinberg (1376) located in the (Franciscan monastery church) Franziskaner-Klosterkirche St. Martin, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Made from 16 gauge steel.