Armor Garniture, Probably of King Henry VIII of England (reigned 1509–47)
This is the earliest dated armor from the royal workshops at Greenwich, which were established in 1515 by Henry VIII (reigned 1509–47) to produce armors for himself and his court. It is also the earliest surviving Greenwich garniture, an armor made with a series of exchange and reinforcing pieces by which it could be adapted for use in battle and in different forms of the tournament. Furthermore, the overall etching and gilding place it among the most richly decorated of all Greenwich armors. The design of the decoration is attributed to the German-born Swiss artist Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543), who worked at the English court from 1526 to 1528.
The surviving exchange elements of this armor are a reinforcing breastplate with lance rest for use in the field or in the mounted tournament with lances; a left-hand gauntlet reinforce, or manifer, also used in the tournament with lances; and a right-hand locking gauntlet for the mounted tournament with swords.
A highly unusual and innovative feature is the ventral plate, which was worn strapped to the chest beneath the breastplate in order to lessen the weight supported from the shoulders. A ventral plate is found on only one other armor, made in Greenwich in 1540 for Henry VIII.
This armor is believed to have been made for Henry VIII and presented by him to the French ambassador François de La Tour d’Auvergne, viscount of Turenne, who led a diplomatic mission to London in 1527. After the viscount’s death in 1532, the armor presumably passed to his friend Galiot de Genouilhac, grand master of artillery and grand ecuyer (master of the horse) of France, from whose descendants it came to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I’ve been making armor and weaponry GIFs and I’ve fallen quite in love with this one I made of a person in plate armor doing jumping jacks, I like to call it the Jacks of Plates(AW YEAH ARMOR PUNS). I made this from a video showing off mobility/etc in plate armor, this one here.
What's the most practical weapon to use against an armored opponent
first of all for the sake of simplicity im going to assume you are referring to european style plate armor and maille otherwise this will turn into an essay
so personally im partial to
but i cant say halberds are the most effective against an armored opponent, just that they are very effective as opposed to say a sword or some such. the leverage, weight and subsequent force of halberds and all simillar weapons was more than sufficient to knock a heavily armored man off balance, break maille and dent or damage plate armor. you could also severely concuss someone through the helmet or cause neck injury with powerful downward strikes…but theres more than one way to skin a cat
there is also
maces are somewhat effective against an armored opponent on foot when swung at the head or the often less armored areas like the hip or side of the knee. despite the padding and thick metal of some helmets, most did little to stabilize and protect the neck and a good shot with a mace could knock someone way off balance, and cause enough strain to pull muscles, or cause concussions, or even just knock them right out. the mace really comes into its own when used on horseback. with the momentum of you and a horse moving already at 20 mph or more, a swooping shot with this to the shoulder could easily dislocate it, and a shot to the head was often ended with swift concussion and unconsciousness or death.
then of course the footsoldier’s worst nightmare
the good old bent stick.
back in the day these motherfuckers packed an incredible punch, there was hardly any handheld ranged weapon that could rival them. there are widely ranging accounts of the average draw weight of medieval longbows and all are speculative since none survive from the medieval time period, but most historians estimate the average draw weight of the prolific english warbow to have been somewhere in the 90-110 lb range. some historians argue they would have been in the 180-185 lb range but honestly I find that a bit absurd as there is no real gain in performance of a war bow past 150 lbs of draw.
fired within 250 yards or so from the target it has been estimated through live experimentation that a 110lb long bow could launch a shaft with the proper arrowhead, with enough force to pierce riveted maille by nearly 3 inches, and most anything less than plate by a painful margin. against plate however the performance is not so spectacular as it is often told in mainstream account. against even thin low grade plate armor, and with shafts made with piercing bodkin tips, it did not truly pierce, only dented by .3 mm. so not so very effective against a knight persay at typical range but enough to easily dispatch any common infantryman with less trifle than either of the above.
Help us get back Bill’s gear!
Stolen from Cambridge MA, 20th July 2016
To the thieves who steal medieval gear, you are really, really
stupid. When do you think you can wear or sell high quality kit without
people noticing?This is a small community that is everywhere, and we look after each
other. Give it back, and get armour or swords the way the rest of us do-
through hard work.
Please share if you feel the same way.
Anyone going into pawn shops and finding armour like this in the coming weeks, please pay attention to whether it looks like it was from a museum. Bill’s gear was top quality and very distinctive.
Below from Bill,
“Just when you think it cannot go any worse. Right now I’m crushed. I was in Cambridge today. When I went to leave, I noticed that my car (and several others) were broken into. The motherf**s took half my armour, and my ammo box of tools
I’ve lost: All of my leg armour All of my arm armour Two different gorgets Two different set of gauntlets A set of sollerets A handmade brayette A pair of period shoes.
A bunch of tools, including two hammers, four set of needle nose pliers
in various sizes, good shears, scissors, two different punches for
leather, a punch for steel/metal, a bunch of various other tools for my
armour, leather belts, buckles, straps, rivets etc in a .50 Caliber
Here is a picture of the arms and legs. They are quite unique.
I now have no real armour, I cannot fight Friday night. I can no longer do demos. I can no longer sell my art to others in the way I usually do.”