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Thomas Jason




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Historical Buckler suspensions         Reply with quote

From what I understand, the buckler was worn on the same side as the sword. Are there any pictures of historical ways of attaching the buckler at the belt, or perhaps on the sword's scabbard?
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D. Austin
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 10:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As far as I know, the buckler usually had a hook on the back of it from which it could hang from a belt. This could obviously be hung from any part of the belt but I would assume that for an archer, possibly with arrows thrust through the belt or a quiver on the right side, the left side would be a preferable place for the buckler. The opposite would be true for a left hander of course. This could also be true for a foot soldier armed with a polearm. I would think that one would be better off having a buckler slung on the left with the sword as the haft of the polearm would usually be playing around on the right side of the body. Please correct me if I am wrong folks.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A hook on the belt is the only way I've really seen to get my buckler to suspend. You could also slip it around something like the sword pommel, but that's a pain to get off to be honest.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 12:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Elling Polden posted a sketch showing a way to carry the buckler thanks to a leather strap parallel to the handle, a year ago:
http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=109424#109424

Seems rather convincing but I haven't tried in practice...

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hm...it wouldn't impede movement any, either. I had something similar when I hung mine from a wall but I guess it never clicked. I'll give it a try.

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