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The first Brigandine made in 1987

The first Brigandine made in 1987

Although this Brigandine, made in 1987 for the White Company re-enactment at Stoke Field, had nine vertical columns of plates with the correct circumferential overlap, close study of the picture will reveal the following faults:

It has a pair of very large plates for the front, not underlapping plates and small lung plates, the shoulder plates are too narrow. There are no waist plates. The front panel plates are overlapping each other and the back panel plates are underlapping each other, they should have been underlapping above the waist and overlapping under the waist for the front, and over lapping above the waist and under lapping under the waist for the back. The plates are too big and square and painted black, not tinned, and the nail heads are too small. Great difficulty was found during construction because it was made in one piece and the entire brigandine had to be turned over continuosly to rivet in new plates, such that even before construction was finished nails in the top back rows were ripping through. It did proove, however, that there is no way that brigandines were made in the inside of a barrel, as some people suggested....! And the armour was very serviceable and was more comfortable to wear than a Back and Breast.

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This website last updated 05 October 2003