Simple forms of hand protection were made of leather, the more wealthy could afford chainmail gloves and the wealthiest men had gloves made of armour. Throughout the history hand protection was very important because the hands are an easy target for the enemy. When firearms became more common the importance of hand protection decreased because long distance battles were emphasized.
At the beginning of the 16th century a unique kind or armour named after Emperor Maximilian of the Holy Roman Empire was developed in the areas of South Germany, Austria and Italy. Maximilian harnesses didn?t consist of parts that differed from the older harnesses, but they were covered with ribs that were meant for both decoration and strengthening. The early models were rounder and less decorated, only the breastplate was strengthened with ribs. Later models were more richly decorated and they were completely covered with ribs. In the first years after the invention the Maximilian armour was almost exclusively worn in the Holy Roman Empire, but soon the rest of Europe noticed that the new models were much more solid than the old ones and the Maximilian armour was worn among the largest part of the western army officers.
Our Maximilian armour is not only extremely luxurious decoration but it is also suitable for re-enactment.
Maximilian armour could stop crossbow arrows and nowadays it still provides an optimal protection! Maximilian armour can be considered the best and most beautiful body armour of the world and is a masterpiece to have in your home.
These gauntlets protect the hand and a part of the wrist. They are available in unpolished, polished or bronzed steel with a thickness of 1,3 mm or 1,6 mm. These gauntlets can be detached for maintenance.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
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