Gothic Besagews, 15th c., 1.2 mm Steel, Pair
High Gothic besagews or besagues (plate armour rondels) based on a historical example from Germany dated to 1472 AD.
The rondels are made of approx.1.2 mm thick steel. They are equipped with a leather strap on the back so that they can be attached to a plate armour or a mail shirt. The front is adorned with forged leaves typical of the period, and features a pointed spike, as the rondels themselves could also be used as weapons at the time.
The increasing effectiveness of offensive weapons brought the need for improved protection, and as much as possible was done to close the vulnerable gaps between the armour plates. The besagews of Gothic armours were decorative, but primarily designed to protect the armpits and upper arms from high cuts and / or blows.
– Material: 1.2 mm steel, leather straps
– Diameter: approx. 15 cm
– Spike length: approx. 1.5 cm
– Weight (pair): approx. 365 g
Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.