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Medieval Cuirass - Breastplate

A Functional Cuirass and breastplate is a device worn over the torso to protect it from injury. All of our functional Cuirasses and breastplate, you can choose which type of steel you would like it made from.

The Cuirass refer to the complete torso-protecting armour.

The Breastplate is the front portion of plate armour covering the torso

The breastplate is the front portion of plate armour covering the torso, in ancient times was usually made of leather, bronze or iron in antiquity.

Around 1000 AD knights of the period were wearing mail in the form of a hauberk over a padded tunic.

During the 13th century, Plates protecting the torso, plates directly attached to a knightly garment known as the surcoat. True breastplates reappear in Europe in 1340 first composed of wrought iron and later of steel.

Around 1400, these early breastplates only covered the upper torso with the lower torso not being protected by plate until the development of the Fauld (Faulds) are a piece of plate armour worn below a breastplate to protect the waist and hips. They take the form of bands of metal surrounding both legs, potentially surrounding the entire hips in a form similar to a skirt.

Around 1450, the breastplate had expanded to cover the entire torso and could consist of one or two plates: the French term pancier, which became English pauncher and German panzer.

Components of medieval armour - protection of the torso: Breastplate, Brigandine, Cuirass, Culet, Pauncer, Plackart, Fauld, Hauberk.

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