Body Guard (Brigandine)

Body Guard (Brigandine)

c. 1500-1525

Linen; gold velvet; steel; brass

Overall: 56.5 x 47.6 cm (22 1/4 x 18 3/4 in.)

Weight: 2.5 kg (5.51 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1921.1250

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This vest only weighs about five and a half pounds, considerably lighter than plate armor.

Description

The brigandine is a light, vest-like body defense popular with both knights and infantry from the 1400s through about 1550. It is constructed of multiple small plates attached to a cloth covering. Finer examples, like this one, are faced in velvet or fabric made of gold thread. The lightweight brigandine provided protection from the weather, and was extremely flexible.

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