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Plate armour reached the perfection of workmanship in the second half of the fifteenth century. At no period was it so light, yet impervious, with curves and angles so admirably directed to deflect the impact of sword or lance, and articulations so skilfully devised to mitigate the restraint on freedom of movement necessarily imposed by a sheathing of steel.
Never was armour so closely fitted to the contour of the body, and thus so elegant, so easily and therefore so constantly worn. This, the so-called "Gothic Armour," is the cynosure of collectors, and is so rarely to be obtained that a fairly imperfect cap-a-pie suit may command some 2000 pounds.
The sumptuously illuminated French and English manuscripts of the fifteenth century depict it in use in every vicissitude of war or combat, by sea and land, on horse and foot, and testify how little it impeded the freedom of action of the wearer. They show that it was rarely concealed in campaigning by any textile garment.
FOREIGN ARMOUR IN ENGLAND by J. STARKIE GARDNER (1898)
Generous Size – This will fit somebody with a large hat size (60-62) without an arming cap, or it will fit somebody with a regular hat size (57-59) with an arming cap. Arming caps are historically accurate, they make a helmet more comfortable and they help absorb the shock of an impact.
18 gauge - Helmets generally come in 4 different gauges: 20, 18, 16 and 14 (confusingly, the smaller the number, the thicker the metal). Twenty gauge is 'tinny', some helmets emanating from China have this gauge. Eighteen gauge is the most historically accurate for overall weight, as back in the day our ancestors had a preference for light equipment.* Sixteen gauge is the most popular gauge for simulated combat (and is accordingly favoured by the SCA), it’s not too heavy, but it’s robust; it can be compared in weight to medieval tournament armour. Fourteen gauge is probably too heavy to be historically accurate but is used by some re-enactors.
Beautiful Adjustable Liner & Chinstrap - This helmet comes complete with a leather chinstrap and suspension liner. With helms that enclose the entire head, chinstraps and liners are optional, but with regular helmets it’s best to ensure they're secure with a chinstrap. You can get away with not using a chinstrap on a regular helmet (construction workers do it all the time) but it has to be a very tight fit, which isn’t always convenient. The chinstrap is leather (of course) and almost half a centimeter thick (3.7mm). Each strap is Y-shaped and attaches to two different points of the helmet – making it twice as strong as helmets that make a single connection on each side. This ensures less movement of the helmet and the preponderance of thick leather around the jawline adds to your protection. The buckle is solid brass and of an authentic medieval design too. The internal leather liner is comfortable, malleable and fully adjustable.
* In the late middle ages an entire suit of armour could weigh less than 20 kilos. A full plate harness (suit) dated to around 1510AD in the Wallace Collection (collection number #A22) weighs only 19.56Kg (43lbs), a battle-harness (full suit) originally belonging to the Archduke Charles II of Austria, in the collection of the Landeszurghaus arsenal in Graz, Austria weighs only 20kg (45lbs). A full sixteen gauge suit of armour weighs at least 30 kilos.