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Justin Stockbridge





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PostPosted: Thu 01 Mar, 2012 11:13 pm    Post subject: Refrence Material for 15th C english armour         Reply with quote

Hi all - i was wondering if anyone has any period refrences for an English style harness.

Like the Toby Capwell harness, made by Robert MacPherson's

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12591757@N03/page2/

just wondering where the origional refrences for his suit are?

Mainly after the skirt, middle and top plate and thier construction .

Any help much appriciated as trying to get refrences sorted for Battle of Nations

thanks

Justin

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Jens Boerner




Location: Erlangen, Germany
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar, 2012 6:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Acutally Toby is writing a book about it. Difficult topic, as there are no surviving pieces to my knowledge.
http://www.armsandarmourforum.com/forum/index...sh-knight/
Maybe you should simply ask him yourself.
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Ashley Barber
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Location: Essex, UK
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Depends what you are after really. Tobys harness looks like early English 1440's at a guess with some changes. I dont know the reference that was used but classic english armour has a number of distinctive parts. In the first part of the 15C the harness looks very much Italian but after the 1450's/1460's it starts to develop a style of its own. Generally the harness is very symmetrical, scoloped lames, fauld and plackart after the 1450's, Pointed "Coventry" style sallets seem popular on effigies and brasses, spiral barley twist fluting on limb armour is popular.

To my knowlege no actual armour has survived, this has all come from studying the effigies and brasses

Hope this helps.

There are some wonderfull effigies and brasses all over the UK that are well worth a look if you can.

Ash

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Job Overbeek





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PostPosted: Sat 03 Mar, 2012 6:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those pictures are seriously stunning, I love the combination of gold and blue/blackish metal... that must've cost a pretty penny.
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