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14th Century Linen Gambeson

Price:: From $349.95 to $419.95

 

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  • Based on historical patterns
  • Engineered for ease of motion
  • Made of 100% heavy linen outside and 100% cotton inside
  • Padded with all cotton batting
  • Fully quilted
  • Also see our Clearance Linen Gambeson
  • Available Colors: Black, Red, Blue and Dark Green
  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Also see our Arming Clothes Full Wardrobe
  • Price - Reg. $349.95
Linen Gambeson in Red worn with Armour

About our Linen Gambeson 

 

Our linen gambeson is based on a combination of 14th century sources, both extant garments and contemporary artwork. We've retained the most important aspects of the historical patterns, particularly the exaggerated armhole, also called 'le grande assiette sleeve', which permits complete freedom of arm movement. Made with an outer layer of heavy, 7.5 oz linen this gambeson has a lighter feel and is not a thick as our heavy cotton gambeson. Its closely cut arms make it well suited for use with fitted arm harness. Taking inspiration from period garment quilting designs, it is padded with three layers of 100% cotton batting and has a medium weight cotton canvas lining for a combination of protection and breathability. We have added a collar for additional comfort. Metal shank buttons are used similar to those used in period. We recommend dry cleaning this item in order to extend its life to a maximum. Linen is a very strong fiber but it is also very brittle. Machine washing and drying will break down the fibers over time.

 Read more about our arming clothes in the article The Evolution of Arming Clothes

 

Photo Gallery 

 

 Linen Gambeson in Natural worn with a Red Linen Arming Cap, Leather Gloves, Burgundy Wool Chauses and Ankle Boots.


 
  Red Linen Gambeson worn with Linen Chauses in Slate Blue, Ribbon Garters, Ankle Boots and (right) Light Blue Linen Hood, and Wool Brimmed Cap


 "Unlike the polyester fiber fill used in many gambesons, the cotton batting in my Revival gambeson breathes even when I use it in the heat of summer, and hasn't lost its shape after many washings."
-Greg Mele
Chicago Swordplay Guild

“...I received my Linen Gambeson last Friday and I could not be more pleased ... It is a beautiful piece in it`s own right and will function perfectly - it seems to fit like a glove - plenty of room for movement , yet form fitting under the armor - And the sleeves are long enough! Once again I am impressed with your courtesy and professionalism .”

- Tim Mathews
St. Paul, MN
"A good gambeson is as important as the plate armour it supports - this is the best platform I have found for 14th Century armour."
- Christian Tobler
Order of Selohaar 

Colors and Fabrics 

 

Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

 

Linen colors: Dark Green, Black, Red and Blue

 

Dark Green -a deep forest green
Red -a true rich red
Blue -a bright royal blue

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Chest Measurement Waist Measurement
Small fits up to 40" / 101cm fits up to 33" / 83cm
Medium fits up to 46" / 116cm fits up to 39" / 99cm
Large fits up to 51" / 129cm fits up to 43" / 109cm
XLarge fits up to 58" / 147cm fits up to 51" / 129cm

Note: This chart is meant as a general reference - while the actual sizes are larger than regular sizes this is because we discovered during our market research that due to the thickness of our gambeson most people preferred a somewhat larger size than they would normally choose in the case of civilian clothing. Please note that if you are on the cusp between sizes that general fit preferences and size of your frame should determine which size you choose. For a looser fit and/or a heavier frame order the larger size. If you prefer a more tailored fit or are of slimmer build order the smaller size. This style is designed to be looser in the chest and more fitted in the waist and hips as were the historical models. Please note that if your are familiar with our Heavy Cotton Gambeson that this version is cut slimmer in the waist and forearms for a more fitted look.

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 

 

Drawing after a detail of the
"Martyrdom of Saint Catherine" in the Little
Church of Saint Francis, circa 1360
Drawing after the mid-14th C. jack
of Charles de Blois in the Musees de
Tissus in Lyon, France
Drawing after the Jupon of Charles VI
in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de
Chartes, late 14th century
 
Drawing after in the Catholicon circa 1348 in Liege University, Belgium   Drawing from a detail of the Weltchronik of Rudolf von Ems circa 1360 in Austria

 

Notes

Revival Clothing neither guarantees nor warrants our clothing for any combat or martial arts related use, since we cannot know how an individual will use the garment or what kind of equipment it will be used in conjunction with. As such, all Revival Clothing products are intended for costume use only.

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