14th century style Legs.
18-14g Stainless steel and etched brass.
The design was extrapolated from a number of 14th century designs but some liberties have been taken in order to best serve the customers purposes. One change from the original armour I studied was the addition of an articulating lame between the poleyn (knee) and the upper cuisse (thigh) plate. The cuisse actually flares out at the bottom and could articulate directly with the poleyn. The articulation would have been sufficient for walking or riding a horse.
Since the customer is a member of the SCA and might be fighting from his knees occasionally, I decided to add the extra lame to improve the range of articulation.
These legs, though quite time consuming and damaging to my tools, were a lot of fun to make. Short inspirational texts from the Bible were provided in latin by the customer to be etched into the brass.
Much of the time needed to create these legs was used making many, very tiny rivets. These were used to attach the brass trim to the stainless plates.
All the buckles and furniture were hand made for this project.
The image to the left shows the inside of one of the poleyns during construction. Because work hardened stainless steel is so strong I broke a number of punches and dozens of drill bits while making the holes for all the rivets to affix the trim.