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Josh Davis
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Apr, 2014 4:37 pm    Post subject: Latest Armor Project from Davis Reproductions         Reply with quote

Hi All,

Well after months with my nose to the grindstone I have finally finished a big commission. The armor is based on the "Le Landeron" armor from the Le Armature Di S. Maria Della Grazie Di Curtatore Di Mantova e L'armatura Lombarda Del '400 by Lionello Boccia. The original is dated to 1460-65 and only includes the cuirass, rear vambraces, and right pauldron. The left pauldron and tassets are based off other contemporary examples from paintings and sculpture. The armor is all hardened 1050 spring steel, and all the hinges and buckles are hand done.

I have also attached some details of the pointille work done on the edge rolls and reinforce bars on the pauldrons. The words were chosen by the customer, with the neck roll as his motto (my faith is in god), the tassets 'left', 'right', and 'buttocks', and the pauldrons with 'hail mary', and 'love for god'. These are all done in latin and the surrounding work is also based off contemporary armors.

This project was a real joy and a huge undertaking and I am happy with the results.

I have more full size images on my website here: www.davisreproductions.com

I hope you enjoy!! Wink

-Josh



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PostPosted: Thu 03 Apr, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Exquisite is the word. What historical examples of milanese cuirasses display such engraving? I'm not terribly savvy on the details of 15th century armament and the application of engraving strikes me as something more vital to 16th century ornamentation - though I'm sure it has its predecessors. Lovely work, 'n cheers!

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PostPosted: Thu 03 Apr, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Shaping looks really nice in the photos. Looks like the waist is higher, actually on the waist, like it should be. Too often that gets overlooked by stateside armorers.
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Apr, 2014 10:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh,
This looks great. Nice stuff!

Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Apr, 2014 11:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! That is a great suit of armor!
Well done.
How long did it take you?
what did you do the engraving with?
Amazing! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Apr, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh,

Armour is not my specialty but I would have be truly ignorant to not see that is exceptional work.

Really beautiful and well executed and the detailing is very well done.

Great.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Apr, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Several points:

Having seen it up close I the flesh at various stages I can say its really fab and will serve its owner well. I look forward to having it head towards me in the lists at some point.

There are many examples of this kind of punched (its not engraving or etching) work on armours, generally in the same areas as Josh has done. Churburg has at least one but the most famous is the 'Avant' armour at Kelvingrove Museumin Glasgow, so called as the word is punched into it.

lastly. glad that's finished, where's mine? :-) ;-)

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Apr, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Josh,

Fantastic as ever! I bet you're relieved to see this all together.

And hope it hasn't diminished your interest in scabbard work! Wink

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