Footguard armour (Order of Malta)

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Footguard armour (Order of Malta)

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This suit of armour is made after the originals from the Palace Armoury in Malta. These suits of armour were used during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. During this siege Hospitallers defended the island from an Ottoman force of 48.000 soldiers, they countered attack after attack and thus they kept hold of the island.

This suit of armour is an exact copy of the Italian originals that were used in 1565. It is made of 1,5 mm thick (16 gauge) steel. Suits of armour like this were worn by both musketeers and pikemen.

The suit of armour is finished with rope-shaped edges, they are exact replicas of the ones on the original. The arm harnesses are attached to the pauldrons with a T-shaped clasp. The vambraces can be closed with pushpin constructions. The suit of armour has a goose bellied cuirass and the vambraces are made in the Italian style with a mollusc shell shaped motive. The suit of armour is delivered including a cabasset which is a reproduction of several originals that were worn during the siege of Malta.

The suit of armour can be engraved based on original models for a surcharge.

This item is a museum replica.

This suit of armour is custom made, click here to download the size table.



Product details:
Custom work? yes;
Material: carbon steel;
Steel thickness: 1,5 mm/ 2.0 mm;
Tempered? yes;
Based on a historical original: yes;
Transport weight (gram): 20000 *

Does this armour fit?
Do you wear a gambeson: add 10-15 cm to your circumference.
Do you wear a gambeson and hauberk: Add 15-20 cm to your circumference.
Tip: Is this armour too big for you? You can easily add extra padding.

Attaching armour & chainmail
To attach your armour or chainmail securely, you can attach leather laces to your gambeson and fasten these to your armour / chainmail. The armour thus remains in position during a fight.

Maintenance & care
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your armour regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper.

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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