This is a complete set of cuirass, capeline (lobster tail pot) and stylish display stand. See large picture for details.
Our buff coat seen here would be a perfect costume addition with this item.
Cuirass Size: Height 600mm (23.75 inches) Chest 1160mm (45.5 inches)
Cuirass Weight: 5.9kg
Helmet Size: Height 320mm (12.5 inches) Circumference 760mm (30 inches)
Helmet Weight: 2.4kg
Height - 990mm (39 inches)
Base size - 250mm diameter (10 inches)
Overall Weight: 9.3kg
Capeline (derived from the French word for hat) or 'harquebusier's pot' is the name given to this distinct type of post-Renaissance helmet with the 3 bars as a face grill.
Harquebusier - This type of cavalryman was characterised by the use of a form of carbine, initially termed a "harquebus" (a word derived from the heavier infantry weapon, the arquebus). In the late 16th century the harquebusier was envisioned, like the similar and earlier petronel, as a support for more heavily armoured cavalry, demi-lancers or pistol-armed cuirassiers and reiters. Later, towards the mid 17th century, the harquebusier became the standard type of cavalry found throughout western Europe. The later harquebusier was increasingly used in a shock role on the battlefield.
Combat readiness score: 7 of 10
Posted by Dave Kelly on 12th Apr 2010
Having found a source for a buff coat I plunged headlong into getting a kit for a period light horseman. Most of the major pieces you need are right here. This armor kit is almost too good a bargain to be taken seriously. Fact is it looks reasonably right for the period and for a 6foot 2in 200 pound person it fits well. The helmet is gigantic. I wear a 7 5/8 hat and this thing swallowed my head. Need to find a headliner for this and/or a very substantial arming cap. Also needs a chinstrap mod as it comes without any provision. It's still a great deal for a base kit.
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