CAS Iberia Targe
Original: Ireland and Scotland, late 15th-mid 18th centuries
The term targe
derives from the French target
, meaning quite simply a small shield. From the late medieval period onward, the term targe
was used to describe a particular type of small shield, the likes of which had already been in use for centuries.
was used to describe a small circular shield of wood and leather, wielded by a forearm strap and grip strap (rather than a central grip). The body of a targe was usually 2 layers of wood with the grain glued at right angles to each other, sometimes up to one-inch thick. Over this was a layer of leather, glued and tacked across the face of the shield. The rear was often padded and/or covered with hide. The leather was often tooled with intricate designs, and the brass tacks and small bosses arranged to create elaborate designs. At times, a spike could be added to the central boss for offense strikes.
This replica replicates the look of a rather plain late period (mid-1700s) targe without the great expense accompanied by minute attention to historical detail. The body is of 1/2" plywood, with a very simply tooled leather face. Brass bosses accentuate the look, and a brass rim had been added for aesthetic effect. The carrying straps are of leather, nailed onto the rear of the shield board. This model comes supplied with a threaded 7" quadrangular center spike, which is removable. (The owner has removed it for safety reasons).
Size: 20" diameter, .75" thick
Weight: Aproximately 5 pounds
Maker: CAS Iberia / Hanwei