From the early 14th century separate plate spaulders for the top of the shoulders and upper arms began to appear and our 14th Century Spaulders are one of the earliest examples of this. It consists of shaped shoulder plate with articulating lames over the upper arms. There is a leather tab at the top to secure to a arming doublet or gambeson and an adjustable strap on the lower lame to secure to the upper arm. Often a round steel besague was secured to the front of the spaulders to protect the vulnerable armpit area.
These spaulders with besagues are made from 1.6mm steel. The smooth glancing surface allows sufficient protection from all but the most powerful blows. They come with besagues which protect the vulnerable arm pits from frontal thrusting attacks. This configuration of spaulder and rondel appeared in the mid/late 14th century and persisted into the early 15th century where they were replaced by more complex ones.
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