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Breastplates & Backplates | Medieval Armours

A breastplate, also known as a chestplate, is a device worn across the torso to protect it from damage, as a religious symbol, or as a status symbol. A legendary creature may wear a breastplate as a distinguishing piece of apparel.


The breastplate is the front piece of plate armour that covers the body in medieval weaponry. It has been a military mainstay since antiquity, and it was traditionally fashioned of leather, brass, or iron. Solid plates had fallen out of favor in Europe by around 1000 AD, and knights of the time wore mail in the shape of a hauberk over a padded tunic. In the 1220s, torso-protecting plates returned as plates directly connected to the surcoat, a knightly garment. Around 1250, this evolved into the coat of arms, which was used for over a century. In 1340, true breastplates resurface in Europe, initially made of wrought iron and afterwards of steel.


Until the creation of the fauld around 1370, these early breastplates were made up of many plates and only covered the upper torso, with the lower torso being unprotected. They ranged in thickness from 1 to 2.5 mm. The design featured outward turned edges that improved rigidity while also preventing the wearer from being cut by their own armour. A ridge running down the center of the plate provided additional strength in some circumstances.


Breastplates are the most important part of plate armor. We've compiled a list of many versions, including Lorica Segmentata, plate armor, and muscular armor. However, we also sell gorgets and gorgets in this category.

Brand: Epic Armoury
Epic Armoury’s Celtic Lamellar in black leather is a leather cuirass designed to protect the torso with a reinforced leather breastplate and stiff backplate. Made from overlapping, vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather, this cuirass is shaped to deflect blows while still offering great flexibility. E..
396.00€
Ex Tax:327.27€
Brand: Epic Armoury
Epic Armoury’s Celtic Lamellar in brown leather is a leather cuirass designed to protect the torso with a reinforced leather breastplate and stiff backplate. Made from overlapping, vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather, this cuirass is shaped to deflect blows while still offering great flexibility. E..
396.00€
Ex Tax:327.27€
Brand: Epic Armoury
Epic Armoury’s Female Leather Armour is a leather cuirass designed to protect the female torso while also providing great flexibility. The upper chestplate, shaped to the female body, is made from sturdy full-grain leather and covers the shoulder, chest, and under the arms. Soft split-leather covers..
150.00€
Ex Tax:123.97€
Brand: Epic Armoury
This Leather Brigandine is leather armour reinforced with heavy leather plates designed to protect the entire torso, upper thighs and groin. Made from full-grain leather and brass coated rivets, this menacing waistcoat is both lightweight and durable. Secure this brigandine with five heavy leather s..
334.99€
Ex Tax:276.85€
This high-quality two-piece lorica squamata replica is handcrafted and totally wearable. It's made out of overlapping, 0.4 cm thick cast brass scales (with midrib) that are linked together in horizontal rows and sewed onto a durable brown cotton canvas backing to create a dense design that looks lik..
854.57€
Ex Tax:706.26€
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