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Swedish man 1465-1485

Swedish man 1465-1485

Package, Ladies, 15th C. gown

Package, Ladies, 15th C. gown

15th century yellow hand-dyed cioppa and blue gamurra.

15th century yellow hand-dyed cioppa and blue gamurra.

Brigandine, leather, paris, late 15th C | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Brigandine, leather, paris, late 15th C | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

late med. 'ballock dagger' in the MOL ["ballock-hefted" (i.e. -hafted) is the form in "Piers Plowman"] -- but, "Aha!" I hear you say, "Malc. me ol mate," you say, "forgive me, but this is 1) not Dutch, and 2) not mid-16C " (for you can be irritatingly precise when you've a mind to be) -- "You are right, of course", I say, in an attempt to mollify. "Hang on and I'll find you a mid-16C Dutch one! But are you at least getting the phallic reference?"

late med. 'ballock dagger' in the MOL ["ballock-hefted" (i.e. -hafted) is the form in "Piers Plowman"] -- but, "Aha!" I hear you say, "Malc. me ol mate," you say, "forgive me, but this is 1) not Dutch, and 2) not mid-16C " (for you can be irritatingly precise when you've a mind to be) -- "You are right, of course", I say, in an attempt to mollify. "Hang on and I'll find you a mid-16C Dutch one! But are you at least getting the phallic reference?"

aubergine wolen dress for 15th century reenactment

aubergine wolen dress for 15th century reenactment

Elements of an Armor Date: ca. 1480–90 Culture: German or Austrian Medium: Steel Dimensions: H. as mounted, 35 in. (88.9 cm); Wt. 23 lb. 3 oz. (10.55 kg) Classification: Armor for Man Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt, 1926 Accession Number: 26.92.2a–g

Elements of an Armor Date: ca. 1480–90 Culture: German or Austrian Medium: Steel Dimensions: H. as mounted, 35 in. (88.9 cm); Wt. 23 lb. 3 oz. (10.55 kg) Classification: Armor for Man Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt, 1926 Accession Number: 26.92.2a–g

Historically, gauntlets were used by soldiers and knights. It was considered an important piece of armour, since the hands and arms were particularly vulnerable in hand-to-hand combat. With the rise of easily reloadable and effective firearms, hand-to-hand combat fell into decline along with personal armour, including gauntlets.

Historically, gauntlets were used by soldiers and knights. It was considered an important piece of armour, since the hands and arms were particularly vulnerable in hand-to-hand combat. With the rise of easily reloadable and effective firearms, hand-to-hand combat fell into decline along with personal armour, including gauntlets.

Austrian/German Archer's Shoulder Pavise, circa 1480. Original, unrestored image of St. George slaying the dragon, 25in. From a private collection.

Austrian/German Archer's Shoulder Pavise, circa 1480. Original, unrestored image of St. George slaying the dragon, 25in. From a private collection.

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