This well-articulated set of 15th century medieval leg armor is constructed from plates of 16 gauge steel and suitable to a variety of re-enactments or stage use. This pair of leg armor consists of a poleyn and cuisse which are constructed with rotating, one piece rivets for articulation. A 4 lam joint as compared to others 3 lam. Three buckles and thick leather straps fit and secure the armor to the leg. An integrated leather tab at the top gives the upper thigh additional padding and chafe protection. 2 "D" rings are mounted on this tab for securing to a 'C' - or arming Belt. Additional protection for the outward sides of the thighs comes with a side plate which is strongly riveted onto the armor with a thick leather band which not only secures it, but allows it to move. This armor can be worn alone or with lower leg armor (greaves) sold separately.
Removed all large dents and planished out surface.
All new leather straps, buckles and padding installed.
Overall Length: 25 inches
Weight of Individual Leg Armor: 8 lb 6 oz
Medieval Leg Armor Information:
The poleyn was a component of Medieval and Renaissance armor that protected the knee. During the transition from mail armor to plate armor, this was among the earliest plate components to develop. They first appeared in the mid-thirteenth century and remained in use until the early seventeenth century when firearms made them obsolete.
The specifics of poleyn design varied considerably over that period. The earliest poleyns were strapped over mail chausses. Late fourteenth century and early fifteenth century poleyns usually attached to padded leggings with leather buckles and incorporated goussets. During the fifteenth century poleyns developed an articulated construction that attached to the cuisses and schynbalds or greaves. A characteristic of late fifteenth century gothic armor was a projection that guarded the side of the knee.