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German Gothic Cuirass with Tasset

ID#: 300100

Price: $645.00 

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The last half of the 15th Century saw armor reach its apex in beauty, in both form and function. This type of armor would have been a common site on the battlefields of The War of the Roses. This set consists of the breast and back plates with their fauld and tassets for upper thigh protection. Handcrafted of 18 gauge steel. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.  $15 additional s/h with this item.
  • Approximately 17 lbs
  • Fits up to 46" chest
  • Waist is 38"

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    1. Guillermo on 10/21/2011, said:

    Product quality and craftmanship low. You get an armour full of defects...
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    2. Anonymous User on 10/21/2009, said:

    The breastplate does not align with the back plate. The Lames are attached crooked and do not hang right. The waist appears from the front to be fitted and hourglass shaped but from the side is actually very deep, actually deeper than it is wide. I have a 34 in waist and it fits fine through the width but there is a lot of space at my lower back. Overall it appears that each component of this cuirass was manufactured by a different person then assembled together, each piece looks nice enough but the finally assemble is poor! Lastly the straps provided are weak, too short and the choice for buckles at the shoulders and tassets could have been better.
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    3. Judge Joe on 12/28/2008, said:

    An arsenal suit. This is reasonably executed and, surprisingly, the stuff is rather tough and resistant to blows from edged weapons. I have the whole set. Maybe one day you'll add the balance of the lower leg armor. One serious complaint I have is with the strapping supplied. It is basically useless and entirely to short in length to secure the armor. In addition, it is not durable. I have another complaint about the fit of the Cuirass; you better have a small waist line or you'll suffer. On mine, I modified the front of the armor so that the screw at the flur d'lis works in a slot to allow give; most armor of the period had leather straps at this point - if not rivets running in slots - for this purpose. The pieces secure by leather 'points' to each other though the historic method would use points securing the armor to an undergarment. The coverage of the arm and defenses are rather abbreviated and reflect the arsenal status/origins of the underlying design. A light armor for the Man at Arms more so than for a heavily defended knight. Joe Brown
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    4. Anonymous User on 12/27/2008, said:

    Museum quality at bargain price.
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    5. Anonymous User on 12/26/2008, said:

    My wife gave this piece of armor to me for a christmas gift. I have all of the other components to this armor, minus the gauntlets. I stated before my concens with MRL armor when considered as usable battle armor, so I wont go into that here. (you can see some of the reviews I did with the other components) Let me just say I am very pleased with the quality and finish. A great Gothic styled suit or armor to add to a collection. Well done MRL/Windlass. I look forward to finishing off the harness with the gauntlets soon! Thank You, David Cellini WMA student, collector of A&A
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    6. Anonymous User on 12/24/2008, said:

    I don't own this piece yet, but do have the arms, shoulders, legs and helmet of this "set". (see my review of the "German Gothic Salade w/ Bevor" for more info) I am pleased for the most part with the quality and finish of this armor. If your looking for gothic styled armor to add to your costume or to dress-up your collection room this is a great buy. I've been involved in western martial arts for over 25 years and have studied arms and armor for most of my life. This armor is based on a historical suit with some modifications made to make it more economical and to offer more flexibility in fit. Its more of a gothic styled adaption of a munitions grade armor. Meaning, this armor is made to fit a range of sizes, not tailored to fit as a true gothic armor would be, munitions grade armor was historically plain, mass produced and cheaper for outfitted of the troops. Gothic armor was expensive and owned usually by the upper classes, in many cased having exquisite details and embellishments far greater than what is shown here. The tassets pictured are more an English gothic style than German Gothic but still well done. Note that this armor is too light/thin to be considered battle armor but great for the Rennfest goer or someone that not looking to break the bank to own some attractive Gothic styled armor. I dont mean to deter people, its nice for what it is and most people wont realize the issues I pointed out. I still plan to add this to my collection. I felt the need to educate people on what they are buying. David Cellini WMA student & collector of A&A
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