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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?"

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. Culture: German or Austrian Medium: Steel Dimensions: H. as mounted, 35 in. kg) Classification: Armor for Man Credit Line: Gift of George D.

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.

darksword-armory: “ 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.

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 Original, unrestored image of St. George slaying the dragon, From a private collection.

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Cabasset from century, inspiration for carolingian helmet.

Rear view of the torso on Will West replica of the armour made by Lorenz Helmschmied of Augsburg for Archduke Sigismund of Tyrol in 1485

Rear view of the torso on Will West replica of the armour made by Lorenz Helmschmied of Augsburg for Archduke Sigismund of Tyrol in 1485

Bauernwehr/Lange Messer - Where possesion of double-edged swords was prohibited, singled edged Lange Messer (long knife) & Bauernwehr (peasant's weapon) became popular among ordinary citizens for self defense.

Bauernwehr/Lange Messer - Where possesion of double-edged swords was prohibited, singled edged Lange Messer (long knife) Bauernwehr (peasant's weapon) became popular among ordinary citizens for self defense.