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Duke of Burgundy Suit Of Armor

#300052
$1,995.95
$2,496.00
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This suit of armor is hand-forged of 18 gauge steel. Includes full skeletal body and decorative skirt. Fully wearable! Hardwood display pedestal. Approximately 6-1/2 feet tall.
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Reg $2,496, Now Only $1,996!
After numerous requests by our customers, we are proud to bring back one of our most popular items. This Duke of Burgundy hand forged suit of armor is offered at an UNBEATABLE Price! 

The 15th century was a bloody one for Europe. The Wars of the Roses, problems in the French monarchy, the constant warfare between the city states of Italy and the final expulsion of the Moors from Spain – the whole continent seethed with bloody strife. One result of this constant warfare was the improvement of plate armor to its peak of efficiency.

We are pleased and proud to offer a full suit of armor based on a 1450’s Italian style. Hand-forged of 18 gauge steel by experienced blacksmiths at Windlass Steelcrafts, this impressively crafted replica is as stout as the original. This noble and enduring symbol of the knightly age comes partially assembled with a handsome hardwood display pedestal, ready to enhance your own castle entrance. Comes complete with full skeletal body and decorative skirt. Stands approximately 6-1/2 feet tall! Fully articulated, this suit of armor is completely wearable.

Additional shipping fee of $95 with this item.

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I'd always longed for this suit and when the price dropped, I bought one a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, I love it. It's the centerpiece of my home office and when people ask me on Zoom calls "Is that a suit of armor behind you?" I get a kick out of looking over my should and saying "What? This old thing?" So, VERY happy with my purchase. But there are a couple of things I wish I'd known first.

The description says "fully wearable" and that's mostly true, but not entirely. I haven't actually tried to put the suit on, but it seems like most of it can be worn—except for the gauntlets. These are not full gloves. The knuckle pieces are just riveted to strips of leather that hang from the hand. You can put your hands into the gauntlets, but the fingers will not move with your fingers.

Before you even get to the gauntlets though, you'll discover that the armor comes slathered in grease and wrapped in plastic. There were no instructions for cleaning it. I spent two weekends and two bottles of denatured alcohol degreasing the armor before I could even begin assembling it. I then waxed the armor with car wax to give it some degree of rust protection. The good news is that all of the interior sides are painted black, so while you still have to clean both sides, you only have to wax the outside.

Finally, there are a couple of screws, but most of the plates are riveted together and they do not come apart. Getting grease out from between the very tight joints was nearly impossible, as was getting wax into them. In a number of cases I ended up drilling out the rivets and replacing them with 4mm post screws (Chicago screws) in order to make the maintenance easier.

So there you go. It's a great suit of armor at a great price, but don't expect to pull it out of the box and wear it or display it right away.
- Guest, February 07, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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