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14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:18 am
by Graham Ashford
Hello all

Thought I'd share the 14th century splinted cuisse I made recently, partly as a shameless plug, but primarily because I am amazed of the strength of the gamboised padding. The padding has been made of layers of linen that were stitched into lengths, the lengths were then stuffed with strips of linen and packed tightly. This is the first time I have been involved in the construction of proper gamboised armour and if I find time/money I will be having a go at making a proper gambeson sometime as it feel like it could stop a shotgun blast (not really willing to test that theory though). Has anyone got a properly made, stuffed gambeson, how does it perform.

This has given me a fresh appreciation at just how bomb proof the guys in maille must have been with full padding.

As ever I welcome suggestions, thoughts or critique.



Link to the gallery in case the pictures don't work: ... hp?album=1

Kindest regards


Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:08 pm
by gregory23b
Nice work.

re the padding etc, if you look at jack prices (probate inventories) in the 15th c they are not cheap. Suggesting a lot of workmanship and materials. Not to mention the efficacy.

Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:29 pm
by Graham Ashford
Thanks for the kind comment.

I have been meaning, for an age now, to learn how to take a look at the various inventories people mention, is it a complicated process?

Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:56 pm
by Mark Griffin
very nice, would like some!

Nice to see

Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:35 pm
Hi Graham, fantastic work mate. I am curious about the protection of the lower leg. Would it be a solid plate, open or, closed greeve, or would the greeves be made in a similar style to the cuisse?


Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:32 pm
by Graham Ashford

Hi there, generally as these are English, you'd expect to see cased greaves underneath them. Although not exclusive, a good general rule of thumb for this period is:

Splinted upper/cased lower = English
Splinted everything = German/NE Europe
Cased everything = French

Usual caveats that this isn't true for everything and everywhere but its a reasonable jumping off point.

Hope this helps


Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:46 pm
by Earl Mortimer
I Really like your work graham
Just a thought ?
I'm intrested in putting together piece of armour that sir roger Mortimer would have had in 1330

In the records it says a full suit of armour But nothing else. I've seen the efferge of Edward the thirds brother who died in 1336. And I think that would be a bout right ?
He was the richest person in the country at the time. So would have had the best.

Would you be able to put together something ?

Shane hill

Re: 14th century splinted cuisse

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:09 pm
by Graham Ashford

Thanks for your kind workds.

I will drop you an email later, can you PM me your email and I will contact you or via PM here; whiever you prefer.

Is John of Eltham our man?

All the best