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14th Century Cotton Gambeson

Price:: $229.95

 

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  • Based on historical patterns
  • Engineered for ease of motion
  • Made of 100% Cotton
  • Fully quilted
  • Hand sewn cloth buttons similar to those used in period
  • Available in basic Black only
  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Price -  $229.95
A close up view of our hand sewn cloth buttons

About our Cotton Gambeson 


Our Cotton 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 cotton this gambeson has a lighter feel and is not a thick as our linen 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 light weight cotton canvas lining for a combination of protection and breath-ability. We have added a collar for additional comfort. Hand sewn cloth buttons are used similar to those used in period. These compress neatly under armour, and have an almost magical “zipper” effect that lets you get out of the garment quickly after a long day of fighting under a hot sun.

Note: Although machine washable, we recommend dry cleaning this item in order to extend its life to a maximum. Machine drying should always be avoided.

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Left: A back view of our Cotton Gambeson
Right:  Our Cotton Gambeson worn with our Simple Hose, Decorated Belt and Thigh High Boots


 "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
"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 

 

Available in Black only

 

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Chest Measurement Waist Measurement
Small fits up to 40" / 101cm fits up to 32" / 81cm
Medium fits up to 48" / 120cm fits up to 40" / 101cm
Large fits up to 52" / 131cm fits up to 44" / 111cm
XLarge fits up to 62" / 155cm fits up to 52" / 131cm

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.

 

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 c. 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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