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Larry Bohnham





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PostPosted: Sat 20 Nov, 2010 10:54 am    Post subject: What was worn under an Armet         Reply with quote

What was typically worn under the late 15th - late 16th cent Armet type helmet? Was a maille coif still used or just a padded arming cap? The armet looks very form fitting to the head and I have no idea how much clearance was provided for standoff distance between the plate and the skull. Were the armet's just heavily lined/padded for wear directly against the scalp?
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Randall Moffett




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PostPosted: Sun 21 Nov, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It seems that they either had an attached mail aventail or a gorget plate. Some had a wrapper plate on the front that also had a gorget. I assume these were worn with mail mantles at times.

As for padding they seem to have been lined. I think several originals still survive.

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