This item sold on August 27, 2013.
Just as their modern counterparts do today, medieval archers commonly wore some type of bracer on their arm both to protect the arm from string abrasion and to keep loose sleeves out of the path of the bowstring while shooting. The bracer offered here is typical of the style seen in late medieval and renaissance artwork and is a carefully reconstructed copy of one of the actual archer’s bracers recovered from the wreck of Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sunk in 1545 near Portsmouth, England. For the highest degree of historical authenticity, this fully functional replica has been constructed of specially hardened top-grain leather with a natural beeswax finish and features embossed scallop shell embellishments identical to the original, faithfully reproduced with the aid of a specially made, hand carved stamp. Unlike much of the “replica” medieval leatherwork available today which uses mass-produced plated buckles and flimsy hollow rivets, this item has been meticulously hand crafted using only the finest handmade fittings possible. The handmade, solid copper alloy buckle is copied from a medieval example in the Museum of London collection and is secured to the bracer using solid shank hand forged iron rivets, backed with shear cut medieval style washers, both for historical accuracy and for years of use. Whether you are a historical reenactor looking for an authentic addition to your longbowman’s kit or a modern archery enthusiast with an interest in traditional shooting, this is the piece for you.
- Listed on May 9, 2013
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