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Shield Boss!

If you want to make any simple shield from a round piece of plywood, then a boss is easy to attach and will instantly make your creation scream “shield” to all and sundry! Even if you are going to use straps (enarmes) a boss will still considerably improve your work’s overall visage. Our bosses are super heavy duty 14 gauge steel, they weigh 558g each, and measure 20.1 cm across. The dome protrudes a fraction over 5cm. They are an appealing subdued grey colour (rather than silvery and polished) and have six holes for mounting. 

A shield boss (or umbo) is a cup that covers the wielder’s hand. It is placed over a circular hole in the centre of a shield. A simple flat vertical piece of wood placed over the reverse side, will then serve as a handle (bar grip). This produces a superior centre of gravity than if the wielder simply grasped a regular protruding handle on the reverse. In effect the shield will balance upon the wielder’s fist, and will be less top-heavy. Such shields usually had a sturdy guigue: an adjustable carrying strap (for the shoulder), so that most of the time the weight of the shield would not have to be supported by a single arm. A boss was also useful to deflect blows from the centre of a shield, but this could not have been their main purpose (in my opinion) as the older type of shields were not that manoeuvrable, and mainly served as an almost inert barrier to protect the torso . They Read more


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Quick Overview
  • Overall Length: 33.5”
  • Blade Length: 26.5”
  • Handle Length: 7”
  • Weight: 1 lb 14 oz
  • Free Mild leather Sheath
  • Blade Steel: EN45 -sharp
  • Accessories: Leather Sword Belt (Should Fit Most of Adults)

FUNCTIONAL MOVIE REPLICA -SEE VIDEOS!

The first Persian Empire had been founded by Cyrus the Great, the King of Kings, on the ruins of the Assyrians. By c.500bce Darius I ruled an empire like none before and few since. But there were revolts (as there always is), and Darius had had it with the Greeks. Thus began the Greco-Persian wars, of which the great historian Herodotus tells us with living color. In 490bce the advancing Persians were defeated for the first time in Marathon. It was up to Darius’ son Xerxes to get revenge. He set up the largest army imaginable, (Herodotus and other contemporaries claim army of millions, modern scholars estimate between 100-150 000 men), and set for Greece.

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..Confederate Artillery Major's Cap
MEDIUM -SIZE 59

Now here’s a reproduction cap that anyone would be proud to own and show. This is a replica of a cap worn by Major West who was commander of the First Regular Battery of CS Light Artillery and saw action at Baton Rouge in August 1862.   The cap features red sides with Cadet grey band and top. Four rows of gold Flat braid on the sides and top. Wide gold braid on the band.  Black cotton lining. Deluxe leather brim with edge binding. The detailing on this kepis is quite superb with intricate braiding on the crown set with an embroidered gold-thread, three-dimensional badge. Historically accurate design. Comes in three sizes.


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Middle Earth Sword  
 

  • Full Tang
  • Solid brass fittings
  • Hand forged
  • EN 45 Steel
  • Sharp
  • With scabbard

Unlike other “movie swords”, this one is quite functional, although I use the term “functional” with certain reservations, as it’s still a fantasy design. Used as a hand-and-a-half (bastard) sword, it’s not entirely without merit, but it’s more of a “looker” rather than a fighter. The point of balance is 16.5 cm from the guard, which is far from ideal, but despite such petty criticisms, generally we owe much to the immense popularity of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the realistic approach taken by Peter Lyon in making the sword props for the movies, which finally portrayed the European longsword in a positive light. One can only hope this trend continues and that Hollywood stops perpetuating the myth of the 30 pound crowbar wielded by untrained thugs. This sword is miles ahead of its “Made Read more


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Brown Heavy Cotton Viking Tunic

Size Guide
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  • Small: width (armpit to armpit) = 62 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 62 cm /length = 119 cm
  • Medium: width (armpit to armpit) = 64 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 63 cm /length = 120 cm
  • Large: width (armpit to armpit) = 65 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 65 cm /length = 122 cm
  • XL: width (armpit to armpit) = 71 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 68 cm /length = 122.5 cm
  • XXL: width (armpit to armpit) = 72 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 68.5 cm /length = 125 cm
  • XXXL: width (armpit to armpit) = 76 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 70 cm /length = 126 cm

Note: The fashion of the era dictated that a tunic be somewhat baggy with (by modern standards) overly long sleeves. The above guide is valid for these tunics only: the size measurements may not be accurate for other garments we sell.  

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Blue Heavy Cotton with Imitation Gold Thread Embroidery

Size Guide
  • Small: width (armpit to armpit) = 62 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 62 cm /length = 119 cm
  • Medium: width (armpit to armpit) = 64 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 63 cm /length = 120 cm
  • Large: width (armpit to armpit) = 65 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 65 cm /length = 122 cm
  • XL: width (armpit to armpit) = 71 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 68 cm /length = 122.5 cm
  • XXL: width (armpit to armpit) = 72 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 68.5 cm /length = 125 cm
  • XXXL: width (armpit to armpit) = 76 cm /arm length (yoke of shoulder to cuff) = 70 cm /length = 126 cm

Note: The fashion of the era dictated that a tunic be somewhat baggy with (by modern standards) overly long sleeves. The above guide is valid for these tunics only: the size measurements may not be accurate for other garments we sell.

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This is a functional sharp EN45 steel sword with a solid tang and a 100% brass, single-cast grip and crossguard. The 1816 artillery short sword was a sidearm issued to the French foot artillery. Heavily influenced by the prevailing neoclassical style of the day, it was supposed to look Roman/Greek, although in reality its cruciform style had more in common with medieval sword types. The short sword was a close quarters weapon for gunners to defend their cannon against cavalry or bayonet charges. How often they were put to this use is debatable, but they did often serve as a fascine knife or a machete to clear fields for the guns. It also served for other practical uses, the French soldiers calling it a coupe-chou ("cabbage cutter"). It was in service until about 1870. The model was reissued in 1831 with minor changes. Most visibly, the newer model had a ringed grip rather than the fish scale pattern seen in the earlier model -and this one is a copy of this later 1831 variant. This popular weapon was copied by both the Russians and Americans (Model 1832 Foot Artillery Sword and Model 1847 Russian Artillery Sword), though the American sword retained the fish scale grip of the 1816 model and the Russians added a serrated edge to one side of the blade so it could also be used as a saw!

 

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Early Medieval Dress At The Medieval Shoppe, we are passionate about the quality and the authenticity of our historical attire. Since 2009 we have been supplying theatre groups, film production companies, advertising agencies, TV channel costume departments and re-enactors with our historic apparel. We utilize natural fibres like cotton (which was available in medieval Europe), felt and blended wool. Our dresses are created with an attitude of respect and gratitude towards the historical source material: creating visually appropriate attire that artfully captures the look and spirit of their time period. Our customers come first to us and we aim to foster experiences that are fun and enjoyable to all our clientele. Our goal is to help women find confidence in costume: this means that our female attire is tailored to the same quality standards as any regular shop-bought garment. Many “fancy dress” retailers market historically incorrect, whimsical attire that is made from low quality synthetic material. Such garments are so badly made that they are often fit to throw away after their first use. We provide women with quality historic costuming that not only compliments their figure, but also empowers them to feel confident in their new historic persona. Let us make you look fabulous. Heavy Cotton Dress Colour: As per photos Zipper on back.

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