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If you have already got a chain mail shirt, but don’t want to majorly weigh yourself down with a full breast plate over that, a gorget is ideal. It protects your shoulders and collar bone from common downward chopping swings that chain mail would not absorb. A gorget not only looks as smart as hell, but it will definitely earn its keep on the mock battlefield. Gorgets were first introduced in the 14th century, they mysteriously fell into disuse for most of the 15th century, and yet they were re-introduced in 16th century and were widely used in the 1500's. This 18 gauge gorget comes in two sections, each 32 cm wide (excluding curvature). It has four 1.9cm wide sturdy straps: two each side. One pair adjusts the way it sits upon your shoulders, the other pair are for optional pauldrons. The aperture for the neck is 18.5 cm wide. It weighs 1.1 Kilos.
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.