mid 15c Italian arms

 In the mid 15c Italian armourers had taken from, fit and function of armour to a level never seen before. Not only did the armour leave minimum gaps but it also did so in ways that didn't impede movement and flowed with smooth natural lines.

This set of arms is not based of any particular original set but borrows the main characteristics of the majority of pieces from the time.

italian arms

The vambraces are not split 50/50 like so commonly seen, but are closer to 70/30. This means the wrap plate only opens enough to get the hand through the arm when putting it on or taking it off. This and the spring loaded effect of the under-lap of the wrap plate create a smoother more pleasing line but also is stronger. The vambrace also is allowed to rotate as it is attached the the elbow lames via slots instead of rigid attachment. The lines of the vambrace are not a simple gutter tube like many recreations but have the subtle lines and curves that mimic the body underneath the steel.

italian arms


The deep pointed cops had to be raised to attain the shaping and depth needed. The left fan has a reinforce plate on its upper surface that was common with Italian armours as that is the surface most likely to be struck while jousting or fighting on horse back. For their size the fan does very little to reduce the movement of ones arm while wearing it. The right arm has a smaller fan but has a large reinforce that attaches over it that is intended for jousting or horse back use. This reinforce acted like a shield would have a few decades earlier.

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