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Mercenary's Tailor Kite Shield

Original: Early through High Middle Ages

This shield represents the classic kite shield of the 11th century. It may have been a Norman adaptation of Byzantine designs and saw widespread used throughout Europe during the 11th-12th centuries. It is made of poplar wood shaped to a 20 degree curvature. The front is faced in 5-6 oz. vegetable-tanned leather and trimmed in 7-9 oz. natural rawhide with steel edge clips. The front is completed by a hand-hammered and planished steel boss. The back is covered in felted wool and has an adjustable forearm strap and two adjustable grips. The area beneath the arm has a stuffed leather pad nailed in place. A removable leather guige strap is included. The shield has been painted by the owner in a representation of 11th century proto-heraldry.

Overall length: 40.5"
Overall width: 22"
Thickness: .5"
Boss: 16 gauge steel
Weight: 6 pounds

Maker: Mercenary's Tailor of New York

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