|Cost :||materials about £50, time - who can say.Short Boots £40 .|
|Awards :||I survived a kicking by a horse.|
|Time Taken :||Made over a couple of seasons,|
|Green grey doublet with 8 tabs at the waist, and tabbed epaulets, stuffed cloth buttons. Baggy "Dutch Slops" breeches interlined and padded. Tailored cloth stockings and overstockings. Tanned deerskin jerkin. Knitted cap made by Kirsty Buckland. Boots by Kevin Garlic.|
The hand and a half sword has an original blade of the 16th-17th century, I hand forged the swept hilt in steel and lathe turned the pommel. The scabbard is wood with a steel chape, covered in lightweight leather.
The funny thing on my right hand is a shooting glove that protects the drawing fingers from the bow string.
I got all of the leather I used here from "Turn Leathers" in Hebden Bridge but I don't think they are in business any more.
Apart from boots, cap and sword blade I made everything else myself.
As you can see, I wore the basic outfit for a number of different scenarios, adding armour and other accessories as needed. In the armour picture, posing as a Roundhead Officer for an exhibition about the siege of Newark I carry a swept hilt rapier, hilt made by John Denbighe of Bailliff Forge Armorie, blade an old cavalry patt. 1908 sword blade. Armour was made by Edward Fox, now long gone and sorely missed.
The exterior shot was taken on the day I very first wore the cuirasse, fell over, and could not get up again. Wearing real armour is not easy, but it saved my life sometime later when I was run over and trampled by a horse during a display. My head and chest were stood on and kicked several times, and I would have been dead if the steel plate had not done it's job.
Bucket top boots made by Sarah Juniper.