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Shield designs

Round shields

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced with a steel, leather bound grip on the reverse and a centre spun steel boss. Good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging . Stepped handle can be provided. From 20" to 36" in diameter.Suitable for display or full contact re-enactment. With central spun steel boss. Can be used to represent a range of periods, including early celtic round shields and 14/15C bucklers depending on size.

Targe Shield.

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced. Good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging. From 20" to 36" in diameter.Suitable for display or full contact re-enactment or LARP. Pad and straps with buckles on back.

Oval shields

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced with a steel, leather bound grip on the reverse and a centre spun steel boss. Good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging . Stepped handle can be provided. Can be provided with a long leather carrying strap. Suitable for re-enactment of Celtic and early Saxon periods and some Roman auxillary troops.

Norman “Teardrop” kite shields

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced with a small spun steel boss. Good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging . Pad and straps with buckles on back. Can be provided with a long leather carrying strap. Similar to those depicted in the Bayeaux tapestry.

Later period kite shields

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced, without boss. Good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging . Pad and straps with buckles on back. Can be provided with a long leather carrying strap. Similar to those depicted in the Bayeaux tapestry.

“Heater” shields

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced with good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging . Pad and straps with buckles on back. With these shields the canvas is on top of the rawhide edge and tacked down round the back to give an authentic appearance. The term “heater” is not medieval but was coined by Victorian historians in reference to the shape. Suitable for 13 / 14 C re-enactment.

Jousting shield type 1

These are 16mm thick plywood, no canvas covering or rawhide edge. They have a flange running the length of the upper edge to act as a “lance deflector”.

Pad and adjustable straps on reverse.

Jousting shield type 2.

The “recurve” shield. For the 15th century jouster. These are designed to hang over the gap beneath the pauldron and are lance “catchers”. 16mm thick plywood, no canvas covering or rawhide edge. Straps on reverse for attaching to armour

Roman Scutum.

12mm thick plywood, canvas faced with good, solid, buffalo rawhide edging and a centre spun steel boss. Can be provided with a long leather carrying strap. Classic Roman Legionnaries heavy shield.