"There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget, and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath"
British basket-hilted sword, 1600-25
Creative Commons AttributionBritish basket-hilted sword, 1600-25 - Credit: www.metmuseum.org (Gift of Alan Rutherfurd Stuyvesant, 1949)
An English suit of armour from c.1630
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAn English suit of armour from c.1630 - Credit: Mary Harrsch

These pictures show just what an up-to-the-minute suit of armour looked like in the early seventeenth century. The cuirass, usually made up of separate back and breast plates, covered the torso from neck to waist; the gorget was a steel or leather collar that fastened around the throat; and the greaves shielded the shins. Gauntlets — gloves made either from fully articulated metal or from leather reinforced with steel plates — protected the fingers, hands and forearms.


Gauntlet from 1633/4
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGauntlet from 1633/4 - Credit: Mary Harrsch