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Historical talks and armour demonstrations

Historical talks and armour demonstrations

Armour Sales and Commissions

Armour Sales and Commissions

Jousting and skill at arms

Jousting and skill at arms
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‘Englyshe Plate Armourie’ was born of a passion for the recreation and purveyance of fine quality, authentic reproduction medieval armour. With a background in award winning vintage vehicle restoration and a Master’s degree in engineering the company’s founder, William West, aims to achieve the highest standards in his work. He believes that the only way to accomplish the required level of authenticity and excellence is through a combination of thorough research, experimentation and the application of armour production techniques that are as close as possible to those originally employed by armourers of long ago. However, this has proved – and continues to prove – a testing aspiration since knowledge and techniques passed down from master to apprentice have been lost. No armour manufacturing manuscript or publication is known to have survived – if indeed one ever existed at all; back in the days when steel plate armour for the body was considered a vital part of one’s wardrobe these ‘techniques’ of plate shaping were a closely guarded secret. Regular museum trips to photograph, handle and measure original specimens combined with hours of experimentation have been rewarded by the rediscovery of some of these techniques and can result in a truly marvelous recreation of medieval engineering at its best.

All of the armour manufactured by ‘Englyshe Plate Armourie’ is done so as authentically as possible. Apart from the electrically powered grinding and polishing processes – which simply replace the water powered medieval equivalents – other processes are as close as possible to the hand crafted techniques of the past. Where required the armour elements (helms, breastplates, gauntlets etc.) are forged (hammered whilst hot) from single pieces of steel in order that the plates may be appropriately shaped and matched together. The forging techniques, once mastered, allow the creation of truly fantastic and authentic shapes; for like a sculptor working in stone, the armourer is a highly skilled artisan whose aim is to envelope the human form in articulated steel plates.

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