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Vamplates

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:08 pm
by Annis
Were these ever made/used in brass?

Because I'm sure thats what I saw in a pub on my birthday last year. Unless its one of those crazy modern, decorative feature, ideas because brass is a bit flexible isnt it? Or is that only pins?!

Thanks
Annis x

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:40 pm
by guthrie
I have no idea if they were made in brass or not, but brass is in fact rather strong. Just about anything will flex when it is pin sized, but with the right alloying it can be very solid.

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:46 pm
by Annis
Right, ok. So it is possible for them to be made out of brass. Now just to know when/if they ever came into use.

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:32 pm
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
There are a number of existing vamplates which are gilded steel.

http://www.karlofgermany.com/vamplate.htm

Brass would be between 2 and 3 times the weight for the equivalent strength of steel. If someone was rich enough to afford jousting, they would be more likely to have gilded steel.

I would suspect if the item you saw was solid brass, it was either a replica or something else.

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:30 pm
by Annis
Well, this is the only picture I can find of them, and it isnt wonderful, but I hope it helps a bit.

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:48 pm
by guthrie
I'm afraid the photo is next to useless. Its too small.

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:49 pm
by Annis
Sorry, that's the only one the website has, and thats after zooming right in.