Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction

A Paladin Press hardcover
532 pages, 1032 photographs

Brian R. Price

There is nowhere for the novice or intermediate armourer to turn for basic information on the craft of armouring. In this major new work Brian R. Price, an armour with nearly two decades experience, demonstrates the basic and intermediate techniques necessary to produce armour for re-enactors and collectors, focusing on armour of the transitional period.

Forward by David Edge, curator of the Wallace Collection, with metallurgical contributions by Dr. Alan Williams, Archeometallurgist at the Wallace. Never before seen study photographs from the Wallace collection, Schloss Churburg, the Royal Armouries at Leeds, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Valeria Museum in Sitten, Switzerland.

This is the first book of its kind, one of a series that will introduce the armourer to the long-lost techniques of this fascinating craft. This book focuses on novice and intermediate techniques; follow-on books will offer patterns for the transitional period (and the 13th century) and follow the construction of two full cap a pied, both from the 15th century, one in the German and one in the Milanese style, both without recourse to modern techniques.

  • Part I introduces the armourer’s art, talks about the armourer in history, discusses armouring for collectors and for reenactors, and presents a gallery of work by modern armourers.
  • Part II discusses the armourer’s workshop, tools, research and calibration of both the hammerand the eye.
  • Part III breaks apart specific techniques. Sample chapters: taking measurements; design, patterning & fitting; cutting & deburring; basic hammerwork; enhancing techniques (creasing, edge-rolling, fluting); riveting & welding; raising–the cornerstone technique; articulation & joinery; latches, catches, hinges & buckles; grinding & polishing; decorative enhancements (bluing & blacking, latten trim, punchwork, casting, engraving, etching, gilding); strapping & leatherwork; arming clothes, padding & arming points; weaving mail (including riveted mail); working in cuirboille; caring for finished armour.
  • Part IV ppresents start-to-finish projects using the above techniques. Chapters include: Armour of the 14th century; helmets (heaulm, chapel-de-fer, klappvisored bascinet); cuirasses (wisby coat of plates, churburg #13 segmented breastplate); arm harness (a simple spaulder and fully enclosed arm harness); finger gauntlets; and a leg harness and frontal greave. The appendices contain a list of modern armourers, suppliers, museums, organizations and publications, plus a glossary.

Nowhere else is this kind of information available. 532 pages of expansive text accompanied with high quality photographs demonstrate every step of the process.

1032+ photographs and high-quality technical illustrations, never-before seen research photographs from major European collections, tools, techniques and step-by-step projects working through a complete harness of the 14th century (the gauntlets and helmet in the cover illustration above are projects from the book, along with the samples below).

Future volumes are in progress including “Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction Pattern Book: European Armour prior to the 15th century” and “Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction II: Milanese Armour of the 15th century”