A&A English Buckler
Original: 13th to early 14th century, up to the 17th century
This small shield is a classic accompaniment for "sword and buckler" fighting common in the late 13th and early 14th centuries and up to the 1600s in Northern Italy and England. This style of fighting was practiced among the knightly class, man-at-arms, as well as among "commoners" when settling civil disputes. This example is of an English variety, having a domed center and edges that slant forward and out.
This type of shield was used defensively as well as offensively, to knock an opponents' sword away on the attack or smash him in the face. The fighting style may be seen in the Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33. This buckler would have been used with the single-handed swords popular at the time, to include the Type XIV or XVI, though the Renaissance style of fighting was practiced with the more slender blades of the period.
This reproduction has a metal handle riveted to the back, which is painted with flat black paint. The face of the buckler has a satin finish.
Overall diameter: 11"
Weight: 2 pounds
Boss diameter: 5.5"
Boss height: 2.5"
Handle length: 6"
Maker: Arms & Armor