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Early 15th Century Italian Legs




        This is based on the statue of 'Orlando' in Dubrovnik by Bonino of Milan from 1413. A picture of the statue can be seen in The Venetian Empire, 1200-1670 (Men-at-Arms Series, Volume 210) by David Nicolle, Christopher Rothero (Illustrator); 48 pages; Paperback (July 1989) Stackpole Books; ISBN: 0850458994 .
        You can also see a similar effigy on the Tomb of Giovanni Cose of Naples from 1418 in the Louvre. A picture of this appears in "The Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie with notes on the evolution of Italian armour during the 15th century." by James G. Mann printed in "Archaeologia" Journal of The Society of Antiquaries of London 1930 Vol.80 pages 117-142. The picture is Figure 2 on Plate XXIII.
       These are sized for someone between who's height is 5'8"/172cm to 6'2"/188cm and who's weight is 200lbs./91kg to 225lbs./102Kg.





Completed November 25, 2017


       The poleyns / knee cops are made from 0.040"/19ga./1.0mm 4130 steel and the rest of the plates are made from 0.032"/21ga/0.8mm 4130 steel. The plates were heat treated to a Rc48 hardness by heating them to 930C/1706F and quenching them in water. The plates are then tempered at 260C/500F for 1 hour. The plate were blackened with Sculpt Nouveau Black Magic. The brass is 0.040"/1.0mm half hard 260 brass. From what I've seen the plates should resist denting as well as unhardened mild steel at least 3 times their thickness.






Latest Patterns as of November 25, 2017





CAD DXF file of the patterns for the plates. You can use this file to machine cut the metal plates.

early_15thC_legs_20171103_cm.dxf

early_15thC_legs_brass_trim_knees_20170926_cm.dxf

early_15thC_legs_hardware_20171123_cm.dxf

early_15thC_legs_straps_20171124_cm.dxf




Work In Progress Photos







Older Versions of this Project




Completed April 23, 2014





Completed January 8, 2014





Completed June 17, 2013





Completed March 25, 2013





Completed March 2, 2013




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