Shields

The shield is tool of defence of warrior (however, Vikings used the shield as an offensive weapon). It usually had the appearance of convex board of various shapes. The shield was used for deflecting of blade strikes and arrows during combat. The word “shield” is derived from the Germanic word "scilt". You will find various types of shields in our e-shop: ancient shields, scutum, Viking shields, Celtic shields, kite shields, medieval shields, medieval spherical shields, shields with coat of arms, pavises, bucklers, umbos (shield bosses) and decorative shields.

The Egyptian and Sumerian armies already used taut leather in the frame as a shield. First real shields were made from wattle and covered with fabric. Later, fabric was replaced with leather; wattle was replaced with wood. Shields were improved metal parts in later times. Plated wood shields were developed. At first, the shield had edge with metalwork and metal umbo. The shield was hung on the arm or on the shoulder using leather and tendon loops.

Painted coats of arms of warriors began to appear on the shields in the 12th century. Escutcheons were formed.

Shields and weapons were developed together. The weapons were more effective the shields had to be more durable. Pavises were special types of shields to protection against shots from the bows and crossbows. Sizes and shapes of the shields were influenced by combat strategies. For example: war cavalry used smaller shields than infantry. Special tournament shields were developed in the Late Middle Ages. They were adapted by various types of tournament duels.

You will find various types of shields in our e-shop: ancient shields, scutum, Viking shields, Celtic shields, kite shields, medieval shields, medieval spherical shields, shields with coat of arms, pavises, bucklers, umbos (shield bosses) and decorative shields.

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The production of chain mail armor requires a lot of human handiwork. We were affected by an important fact that also changed the rules in many other industries. The labor costs of European workers far exceed the labor costs in Asia, even if you take into account the transport costs from Asia! For this simple reason, in the EU there are no workshops that manufacture chain mail armor professionally - and we are working with professionals only! Hobby-producers, who occasionally work in their garages, do not fit into our business concept. We are very sorry; we cannot make for you any mail armor made-to-your measure. Some re-enactors found a solution for this situation: they buy our imported standard-sized mail shirts (sometimes oversize or several pieces), unravel them and make tailor-made mail shirts, legs and other armor parts by themselves.

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