Armouring and Weaponsmithing
Making of metal armour and weaponry
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2015-08-29 14:04
In 2012, archaeologists discovered the remains of 27 Anglo-Saxon warriors and their grave goods at Barrow Clump in Salisbury, England. Recently experts used an army field hospital x-ray machine to examine a 6th century sword found at the site. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2015-04-21 10:17
On May 7, 2014, the armor collection of the Higgins Museum was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd at Southby's Auction House in London. The catalog from the sale is available online in PDF format.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2015-03-19 10:59
In 1975, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved, 12th century sword beneath a tree in Siberia. Experts believe that the sword, found near the site of the death in battle of 14th century Russian hero Ivan Koltso, may have once belonged to the armory of Koltso's benefactor Ivan the Terrible. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-12-25 17:37
The Samurai Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Samurai armor in the world, will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California until February 1, 2015.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-12-15 19:16
A group of Polish engineers, tasked with finding and disposing of World War II artillary shells in the Forest District Wipsowo, have discovered the heads of three Teutonic battle axes, dating to the late Middle Ages. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-12-10 19:05
Registration for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition will close December 15, 2014. The TMS 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibition will take place March 15-19 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-11-02 20:16
A recent Christies auction failed to sell a medieval sword, purported to have been a trophey taken by Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William the Conqueror, from the Battle of Hastings. The owner had hoped the sword would bring up to £120,000. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-10-27 15:28
The British newspaper The Telegraph recetly published a history feature showcasing British soldiers' kits through the centuries. The feature consists of a slideshow of the complete set and an annotated list of each item.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-08-12 19:01
Auctioneers at Christie's have announced that they will offer for auction a double-edged Viking sword associated with the battles of Hastings, Stamford Bridge and Bannockburn. The sword is expected to bring between UK£80,000 to £120,000. (photo)
Submitted by Comyn on Wed, 2014-07-16 11:00
In little more than two decades Alexander the Great of Macedon (356-323 BCE) conquered by military force nearly the entirety of the known world. Despite the fact that he led one of the most successful armies of all time, surprisingly little is understood about the main type of body armor that apparently both Alexander and many of his men wore.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-07-12 16:45
Tired of your bunny-furred, Viking Barbie? Bored with her Renaissance corsets and undies? Then considering contributing to Faire Play, a 3D printed suit of plate mail that's compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls, that allows your Barbie to kick some butt in full, plate armor. (photo, video)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-03-31 06:26
Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-03-28 17:17
In 2012, a "nationally significant" Viking hoard, including a gold sword pommel and silver neck ring, was discovered in Bedale, North Yorkshire. Now the Yorkshire Museum hopes to buy the collection which is valued at UK£51,636.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-03-24 09:26
In the year 43 CE, a Roman cavalry helmet, decorated with a silver-gilt wreath of victory, was buried by an Iron Age tribe at a shrine in Hallaton, England. Experts are still considering how such a helmet came to be in tribal hands. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-02-07 10:52
Worried that your feline companion is underprotected? Behold! Leather armor fit for Bastet - or a Khajiit warrior - promoted on the Geekologie website and made and sold on Etsy by schnabuble. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-01-16 23:01
On his website, Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani has posted a number of his articles on Iranian and Persian armoring and swordsmithing. Most of the articles are available in English in PDF format.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-10 13:35
Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-01-05 14:37
Archaeologists working at the site of a 12th century crusader grave in Hyvikkälä, Janakkala, Finland were puzzled to find the remins buried with two swords from different historical periods.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-17 15:49
As a child, Jay Secord wanted to grow up to be a knight. Today at 42, Secord may not be a knight, but he is an armorer with television and movie credits. Doug Williams of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-09 20:05
History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-15 14:16
In case you missed the presentation of PBS' Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword, the program is available to view on the PBS website.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-11-11 17:39
The newest trend in fashion is not crop tops or romantic florals but medieval armor. Annalee Newitz of io9 reports on the work of designer Pinkabsinthe whose handcrafted fashion armor may not protect, but certainly looks cool. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-11-03 20:38
German archaeologists are excited by the discovery of well-preserved Roman chainmail during excavations near Kalefeld in the Northeim district north of Göttingen, the first such armor recovered from a Roman-Germanic battlefield. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-28 12:39
Archaeologists excavating Mingary Castle in west Ardnamurchan, Scotland have recovered a musket ball and canonball in the moat of the castle, speaking of an attack sometime in its past. Mingary is considered to be "the best preserved 13th-century castle in Scotland."
Submitted by Jim Adelsen on Sat, 2013-10-05 21:51
Viking Shield specializes in all your Viking needs. They offer a full range of weapons, clothing, armor, jewellry, games, feasting gear, and art.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-10-05 14:21
In 1361, the Thracian city of Perperikon, now in Bulgaria, was besieged by the Ottoman Turks. Among the artifacts found during recent excavations of the site was a bronze plate, believed to have been part of the armor of an Ottoman commander.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-21 15:58
Wealthy collectors are checking their pocket books at the announcement of the auction of several 13th century Samurai swords made by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu, estimated to sell between US $150,000 and $200,000. The swords, as well as other weapons and armor, will be auctioned October 8, 2013 by Bonhams in New York. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-12 15:03
From September 27-29, 2013, Southern Ohio Forige & Anvil will present one of the largest metal-art events in the United States. Quadstate 2013 will take place at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio, and will feature a wide range of classes and a swap meet.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-25 07:40
Since 1954, John Mattick has carried the 16th century ceremonial sword before the mayor at civic events in the Welsh city of Carmarthen. Before that, his father carried it. Now it will be passed to his son. "It is a weighty thing to carry, and that's mainly why I'm having to give it up at my age," Mr Mattick said. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-05-31 20:35
At the March 2, 2013 Conference of the Richard III Society, Dr Toby Capwell discusses how the royal armorer might have coped with Richard's scoliosis. The 30-minute presentation, with slides, is available on YouTube.