The Art and Craft of Jeff Wasson
Armor :: Elements of an English Early 16th c. Jousting armour

These are elements of an early 16th c. English jousting armour. This was a collaborative project with other parts being made by other craftsman.

In this photo we see the pauldrons (shoulders), the right and left arm harness which are not symetrical to eachother. The right has a seperate gauntlet, and the left the gauntlet is incorparated into the arm! And of course the helmet. These are all of the pieces that I produced.

Here you see the helmet and the left pauldron. Being a jousting armour, all the parts were made of much thicker steel. The helmet front plate is 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick! The helmet bolts onto the breastplate though the 3 holes in the front plate.
The breastplate was made by Will West in England, so during the making of the armour the breastplate was brought to me so I could fit the Helmet to the breastplate. It attaches with five bolts tapped right into the breast and back. Here you can see the plates full of hammer marks and black from the forge. All of the plates were so thick they had to be forged hot.
The finished pieces, all-together and in action at a tournament in Australia. They used solid lances with steel coronels!

That is Toby Capwell in the armour. A thick shield is attached by a pear shaped screw to the breastplate. A lance rest is on his right side. On the jousting visor the metal has been cut and forged out creating a little door for breathing and access.

The parts that I made: A combined left vambrace and gauntlet. A right vambrace, a right gauntlet, a pair of pauldrons and a Great bascinet with a visor for the joust. The great bascinet and jousting visor were based on pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The pauldrons on pieces in the Royal Armouries, and the arms on pieces in a private collection. The arms and pauldrons attach by a system of straps and buckles, that is stronger and protected by the plates themselves. Special thanks to Toby Capwell, Dirk Breiding, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for all of their assistance and help with research for this project.
A photo of it all together. For this type of joust the legs are not a target and do not need to be armoured. The Breastplate is very tight around the waist. It rests on the waist rather than on the shoulders.
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