Decoration & finishing

Decoration & finishing For many armour parts and weapons you can indicate by means of a drop down menu which finishing of the item you wish to receive. Each sort of finishing has its own characteristics. Please note that these special decorations and finishings are often only available with custom made products.

Unpolished (natural)
The steel of your armour is not extra polished and has the natural, matt colour of steel plate. This finishing can be already found in the earliest armour parts, weapons and helmets and has been in use throughout the centuries.

Polished (luxurious)
When someone was wealthy enough, the armour could be slightly or reflectively polished. The polishing itself and the maintenance of polished equipment means extra work, as a result of which this finishing gives a luxurious and impressive impression. The polished finishing became more and more popular from the 16th century onwards.

Bronzed (dark)
Equipment was frequently bronzed from the 15th century onwards. During the process of bronzing, the surface is heated, which creates a deep, dark layer. The advantage of this method is that iron and steel won’t rust that easily. The disadvantage is that scratches become fast and clearly visible. Because of that, bronzed armour will have to be treated again frequently.

Patinated (antique)
The patinating of armour makes sure that it obtains an old, used look. It gives the same kind of tarnish as corrosion, which makes it look like the object survived the test of time. Patinated armour is often difficultly to distinguish from real antique.


There are several ways in which we can extra decorate helmets, weapons and armour parts. Already in the early Middle Ages, equipment and weapons were frequently engraved with the logo of the producer, or with the motives in the art style of the region and period. From the 16th century on armour and weapons became decorated more often.
For a surcharge we can offer you two sorts of extra decoration:

The decoration is applied by means of acid. This method was used from the 16th century on and is ideal for imitating inlay of silver or metal alloys that were used since the early Middle Ages.

The decoration is carved in the surface. The method is mainly suitable for texts or drawings with thin lines.

The surcharge of these decorations is determined based on the design that has to be applied. CelticWebMerchant is specialised in several art styles, from antiquity to the 19th century. For more information or requesting an offer you can contact