Medieval Suits of Armor
Suits of Armor changed dramatically over the centuries of the middle ages. This was an arms race that was determined predominantly by the advancements of metalworking and blacksmithing skills.
Suits of Armor changed dramatically over the centuries and there are quite a few different ways that they can be categorized and identified. I will cover some of these methods of classification and categorization.
The three major types of suits of armor:
When it comes to complete suits of armor one way that they are categorized is strictly by function. And when it comes to function there are three different types: 1. Field Armor that was meant to be used during actual combat, 2. Ceremonial armor and 3. Jousting armor. As you can probably figure out all three of these functions meant changes in the armor.
1. Field armor: This was worn in combat so it had to be light and flexible so the knight had good mobililty, yet it had to be as strong as possible.
2. Ceremonial armor: This was meant for ceremonies so it would often be adorned with silver, gold, copper and cloth. How it looked was more important than how much protection it offered. Yet, ease of motion was still very important.
3. Jousting or Tournament Armor: This armor was made for maximum defense often at the expense of mobility. When a knight was mounted on a horse he had very little need for mobility. One of the predominant characteristics of this was an over sized and curved guard on the left shoulder to ward off an opponents lance.
This 'Milanese' full-harness displays the characteristic robust and rounded appearance of armour produced in northern Italy throughout the 15th century. Armour of this type incorporates large and smooth glancing surfaces in its construction, the theory being that these rounded surfaces would help to deflect an opponents weapons. ; ; The embossed ridges and fluting that typify armour of the Gothic style are generally absent in Milanese style armour. Other typical Milanese features include mail sabatons (foot protection) and mitten gauntlets. Many of the parts that compose our Milanese armour, including the T-face barbute helm, are based on the 'Avant' armour that is housed in the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow. This near-complete harness was made at the Corio workshop in Milan, and dates from around 1440. ; ; Included with the armour are the mail skirt, standard and voiders pictured, featuring Wedge Rivets and Flat Ring construction.
Our amazingly detailed, six-foot-tall, full-sized medival suit on a museum mount is crafted from quality designer resin and finished in faux silver and brass. So realistic that it even features faux chain mail, faux leather strapping and a hinged helmet that opens, it embodies the chivalry of the Renaissance and the ancient art of armor. Wielding a nearly seven-foot-tall halberd, this work of decorative art is fit for a king! 22.5"Wx18"Dx72"H. 60 lbs. This item ships from our warehouse and depending on your location you should receive a call to set up a delivery appointment within 3-7 business days. All truck/motor freight deliveries are to the first door of the building only. Delivery service is available Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Delivery times are generally scheduled within a 4-hour window. The carrier will contact you directly to schedule an appointment, so please provide us with a daytime phone number.
Gothic Suit of Armour Display Throughout the centuries, Italian armour was highly prized for incredible detailing and superior style! Our superb reproduction of Gothic Armour is crafted in the styling tradition of those master craftsmen who created the originals for Kings and Knights throughout Europe. This suit has a highly sought after blued finish which gives this armour a very authentic appearance and features metal skirting encircling the back, (no fake velvet here!), which allows you to stand this armour in the middle of a room, for a great view from all sides if desired. The armour comes complete with stand and halberd. See the difference between a suit of armour from Italy and others made elsewhere, there is no comparison in styling. 7' high to top of halberd, 6' to top of helm.
A Paper Mache Suit of Armor
This picture is of a complete suit of armor made out of paper mache and it was submitted by an instructor (Dave. O) One of his students made it. My thanks to Dave for the picture and to the student for having the persistence to complete this massive project!