A coat of plates was a heavy cloth, or leather coat (often sleeveless) that had armor plates riveted into it. By this method, a flexible, plated protection could be had without the great cost of plate armors – Making it a popular choice for non-noble men-at-arms of European late medieval and renaissance warriors. It was often worn over a gambeson or sometimes chainmail. Sometimes the well-heeled knights and noblemen could have very elaborate brigandines with the plate rivets affixed in complex patterns.
This coat of plates is crafted from brown cotton with 18 gauge steel plates riveted in between its layers. Its interior is lined with cotton felt. As this gambeson is crafted from organic material, it will breathe better than poly-fill gambesons on the market. The plates and rivets are of steel and the individual plates measure 5 x 3 1/4. Its short sleeves have an open arm pit design for mobility and ventilation. The brigandine can be adjusted to size with the leather straps and brass buckles on its sides. Shoulder width measured from where the arm seam begins.
SMALL / MEDIUM
Shoulder Width – 20 1/2 – Length from shoulder to bottom hem: 38 1/4 – Weight: 8 lb 11.8 oz
LARGE / XL
Shoulder Width – 20 1/2 – Length from shoulder to bottom hem: 39 – Weight: 8 lb 15 oz