Images of My Armor

created by Christian Fletcher

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The helmet is a German style sallett helm from the 15th century.  The visor lifts as you will see in other images.  The hinges permit the visor to be lifted quickly and kept in place.  The breathing holes are of two sizes - the larger easier to breath through, the smaller are turned toward arrows when shot at the knight.

The large paldron toward the front of the image is a neck shield with an edge made for strength.


This full view of the armor is shown in diagram view with each part of the armor labeled.  This image was taken in front of the 1904 World's Fair administration building, now a part of Washington University.  One evening I stood guard here watching over the students going to and fro, offering them the service of an ancient knight, protecting them against brigands.
In this image you see the chain mail, painstakingly linked together rings of steel.  Each ring is is connected to four others, making a very strong steel "cloth".  It is worn around the neck when wearing battle armor (jousting armor would incorporate steel plate about the neck) so that the knight could turn his head yet still have some good protection.

The two large medallion like discs are bezagews which slip down under the arm pit of the knight when he lifts his arm in battle.

This pose of the knight is one often assumed when standing guard for hour upon hour in one position.  On some of my assignments I stand like this for impact, the sword symbolizing the power offered to those I protect.  But this sword, details of which can be seen elsewhere on this site, is pledged to God as a weapon only to be used in the cause of justice.
This image shows the breastplate with its flutes or ridges.  These are designed to deflect a direct hit by a sword tip or battle axe.  They also strengthen a flat piece of steel and make it near impossible to penetrate.
This side view of the helmet shows several pins on the side and notice the small hole in the visor which snaps over one of the pins you see.  This locks the visor in place.  The second pin farther back is actually connected to a release mechanism with a steel spring which enables the knight to once again lift the visor when he needs to do so.

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credit to Mark Katzman of Ferguson and Katzman Photographers, St. Louis