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Ísleifur Helgason




Location: Iceland
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2016 1:22 am    Post subject: Custom gambesons?         Reply with quote

Just a quick question; Who makes the best(most historically accurate) custom gambesons for re-enactors? I read somewhere that a medieval gambeson is supposed to be around 8 layers but i am not sure,

your thoughts?
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Mart Shearer




Location: Jackson, MS, USA
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2016 3:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The earliest detailed construction requirements for gambesons which I'm aware of dates to 1296, Paris -- over a century after their introduction. That calls for new cloth on the inside and outside, with a stuffing of cotton and strips of rags. A decorative silk or leather covering could also be applied. The requirements for using multiple layers of fabric are for 15th century jacks, with the thinnest ones of 10 layers of fabric being worn over mail.

The pourpoint of Charles VI and the Lubeck jack use two sets of fabric shells stuffed with cotton, which are sewn together at the edges. The interpretation of the 1296 accounts is difficult, but may call for the same construction, so 4 layers of cloth (5 if a decorative cover is used), with loose cotton fiber within each shell is likely the norm. I don't know of anyone commercially producing gambesons made in this manner.

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Peter Spätling
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Location: Germany
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2016 8:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Check out Jessica Finley , she has made several reproductions of the Lübeck garment as well as one of the pourpoint of Charles IV. She examined the Lübeck garment several years ago and has exact measurements. I'd ask her.
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Luka Borscak




Location: Croatia
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Medieval Market from Poland has some very high quality gambesons. Here is the link: http://www.medieval-market.com/details.php?id_towar=59&s=1

And here are the padding options:
http://www.medieval-market.com/podglad.php?z=...ted_en.jpg
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Ísleifur Helgason




Location: Iceland
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jul, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys, much appreciated Wink
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Tim Mathews




Location: St Paul MN
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Jul, 2016 6:32 am    Post subject: Gambesons         Reply with quote

I purchased one from Steel Mastery and am very pleased with it
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