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This gorget is made from 18 gauge steel. The gorget comes in two sections, each 30 cm wide (excluding curvature). It has four 2.1cm wide sturdy straps: two each side. One pair adjusts the way it sits upon your shoulders, the other pair are for optional pauldrons. The combined weight of the two 18g sections (front and back) is approximately 0.83 kilos. The width allowed for the neck is 18.5cm. The edges are folded for safety.
Gorgets such as these were introduced in the 14th century, they were largely unseen in the 15th century but regained popularity in the 16th century. They are especially useful for anchoring pauldrons or spladers (shoulder armour) but worn by themselves they afford excellent collarbone and upper spine protection.
Tip: Armour such as this, was often tied onto a knight's interior arming jacket (jack or gambeson) by leather thongs. This made the armour more secure, stopped it sliding and shifting on the body, and helped distribute the weight more evenly. This gorget does not come with holes for leather thongs, as they are not required by everybody. To add them, simply drill a pair of holes into the back of the gorget, about two or three inches apart. With these you can lace the gorget to your interior clothing/armour. In order to prevent cloth fraying, also sew a leather patch on the area of your interior shirt, jack or gambeson where the thongs lace through.