Allen Antiques


An extremely fine replica cuirass, mail collar, pauldrons arms, cuisses, greaves and gauntlets in the Italian style, c. 1465. Made of hardened and tempered steel. The cuirass precisely reproduces the authentic shapes, thicknesses and weights of fifteenth-century Italian heavy cavalry armour, with a shot-proof breastplate and skirt, and mounted with a gilded lance-rest. Buckles and mounts gilt to match. Together with a matching pair of pauldrons and arms. The design of the cuirass, pauldrons and arms has been taken from two surviving Italian export armours in Switzerland, at the Bern Historical Museum and the Town Museum, Le Landeron.

Cuirass, pauldrons and arms made by Per Lillelund Jensen. Cuisses, greaves and gauntlets made by Jeff Wasson to accompany the other pieces. This was originally worn with an armet made by Robert MacPherson.

The left elbow was adapted to match the hind tasset and to reflect an Elgish usage as illustrated in the Hoo effigy. The armour was built as another experimental armour after the famous English armour built by Mac. This armour was worn for several years in jousts around the world and it was the armour that he wore as part of the work associated with Richard III's reburial and the work to recreate an armour for Richard III. Overall the armour survived its years in use very well. There seems to be one small dent in the left side of the lower breastplate, it has undergone various adaptations, and leathers have been replaced and pieces adapted as the wearer changed shape. Inspection of the left gauntlet cuff shows two points of damage. They come from one blow from a steel coronel on a solid wooden lance in the jousts at Schaffhausen when a blow went just a little low and two tynes of the coronel hit the guantlet.

The armour was purchased in two parts. The first comprised the cuirass, pauldrons and arms. After that the legs and gauntlets became available and they were purchased to keep the harness together.

For a while (between the time the first and second portions were purchased) displayed with the legs that formerly formed part of R-15 made by Wade Allen in the mid 1990's. They are a fair match for the style of armour represented by the rest of the pieces.


If you have any questions, please send them to Wade Allen