Luxury Suit of Armor – arms and armor
Nothing creates the vibes of luxury, aristocracy, wealth, and importance quite like having your own suit of medieval armor. Perhaps guarding the entrance to a grand staircase in your mansion, or jutting from concave in your marbled walls.
But not everyone can afford the luxury of owning their own antique suit of armor. For those that can, the impression can be brilliant.
Nobility is something long sought for and rarely found these days. We, the lifestyle billionaires, prefer to cast and air of elegance and nobility in everything that we do, have, and create. We feel that the best way for a man to achieve nobility is to start with his own character, and oftentimes, surrounding yourself with inspiration of those who’ve gone before you and left their mark is a great ally.
Look at the beauty of these fine-crafted luxury suits of armor from Medieval Europe and let them inspire you.
Medieval suits of armor could weight between 60 and 100+ lbs. Full plate armour, what we think of when we consider the “knight in shining armor” developed in Europe during the Late Middle Ages. The Hundred Years war gave rise to some of the earliest pieces, and as the renaissance came into full swing many artisans and smiths began creating the most decorative pieces, giving rise to the luxury suit of armor.
European plate armour reached its pinnacle in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The full suit of armour was therefore in full swing at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance period. One must only look at renaissance paintings to see where the cliche of the knight in shining armor comes from. During the 16th century, jousting tournaments became the spectacle of the day, and the need for knights to have full plate suits of armor accompanied these events.
In parades, knights and high-born aristocrats would sport incredibly decorative and luxury suits of armor that were ornate and grotesque to awe and inspire the crowd and admirers.
Full suits of Gothic Plate armor were worn on the battlefields during the Burgundian and Italian wars during the late 1490’s and mid 1500’s.
The use of plate armour declined in the 17th century, but it still remained common among both the noble class and for the cuirassiers throughout the European Wars of the 17th century. It’s overall decline occurred alongside the development and improvement of flintlock muskets and firearms as its use become less and less effective in protection its wearer against projectiles.
European Armor During the Renaissance
German Maximilian armour was a spectacle of the early 16th century. This Maximilian gothic armor is a style using heavy fluting and intricate, decorative etching. This was opposed to the more plain finish on much of the 15th-century armour.
Maximilian armor took it’s influence from Italian styles but introduced it’s own fair and elegance.
The Renaissance era also gave rise to the use of closed helms, as opposed to the 15th-century-style sallets and barbutes. Additionally, the traditional helmet and neck guard was improved upon to produce the Nürnberg style armour which was much more ornate and masterfully decorative.
It is in this period that we see the rise of the luxury suit of armor.
As firearm use and improvement increased, the wearing of plate armor declined and was restricted primarily to the jousting tournaments of european nobility. This confinement to spectacle allowed for the great improvement of decoration and craftsmanship on each piece. The decoration of fine armour greatly increased in the period. Many different techniques were used and the overall cost and luxury of these suits of armor expanded greatly. Plate Armor for royalty and the very wealthy were elaborately decorated. This highly decorative armor that we still see preserved today, was often called Parade Armor. However, this armor, while made for showing off in the “parades” would also often be worn on the battle field to cause impress and awe. Many pieces were meticulously embossed and then subjected to blueing, silvering and gilding which created wonderful masterpieces of luxury armor.