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A medieval kite shield.
Dec 26th, 2016 at 7:19am
 
Here it is! It's 1,50 meters long and 60 centimeters width at its maximum!
It's made of 3 layers of chestnut wood, each one applied perpendicular to the other, covered with 5 layers of linen and chalk.
It's 1,5 centimeters thick, which makes it 1/3 thick than an original 13th century one which is currently stored at the National Switzerland Museum - this one is almost 5 centimeters thick  Shocked

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He who'll recognize the heraldry and the quote behind the sentence will get a bravo  Grin
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Re: A medieval kite shield.
Reply #1 - Dec 26th, 2016 at 9:55am
 
Wow that's amazing! How heavy is it?
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Reply #2 - Dec 26th, 2016 at 10:35am
 
Is this using the traditional materials they would have used? Nice looking shield by the way.
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Reply #3 - Dec 26th, 2016 at 10:37am
 
huge!
it was used as a pavise or a knight's shield?
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Re: A medieval kite shield.
Reply #4 - Dec 26th, 2016 at 10:41am
 
It's not heavy at all, around 2 kilos.... Morpy, I did use traditional materials (chestnut wood, linen and chalk) and traditional technics (applying each layer of wood perpendicular to the other) but I also used modern tools and glues.
All this just because I wanted a shield that was funny (I'll tell you about the heraldry and the motto if nobody guess it) but still looking historically correct.
That's why I translated the motto from English to Italian and then to Latin, and why I drew it on the shield using a typical Medieval font  Cheesy

It could have been used as a knight's shield, but they soon changed it with a smaller, triangular one.
This has been the classic footman's shield from the 11th Century to the whole 13th at last, and it was spread throughout whole Europe.
The Swiss one dates from 1200 to 1275.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_shield
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Reply #5 - Apr 25th, 2017 at 5:47am
 
In forma ariena MF fecit mmxiv. I was made in this form by Mauro Fiorentini in the year 2016.  the other side is not visible
Et...........................Terra est. And............land it is.
Im not good at latin, but i think it would be better MF me fecit and maybe before 2016 to write Anno Domini.
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