Removable rondel shoulder armor
Spring steel shoulder armor with shield
Blackened and brassed spring steel armor
Spring Steel and Brass Shoulder Armor
XVc. blackened shoulder and neck armor
XV arm harness and pauldrons set
Stainless steel and brass shoulder armor
Lombardy medieval spaulder, late 14th c.
Shoulder armor with besegews and gorget
XIV style pauldrons trimmed with brass
Stainless neck and shoulder armor
Shoulder armor with ornate besegews
Medieval combat spaulders with segment
XIV-XVc. pauldrons and arm protection
Fantasy ribbed gorget and pauldrons set
Articulated steel pauldrons with etching
Medieval fighting stainless spaulders
Eastern spaulders with brass decorations
Articulated spaulders with a besegew
Tinted shoulder protection for fencing
Lightweight fencings shoulder protection
European combat pauldrons, 14th c.
Etched Slavic style spaulders
Leather and steel fighting spaulders
Basic pauldrons of excellent flexibility
Classic stainless pauldrons, 15th c.
Pauldrons enlarged back plate, 15th c.
Flared back plate, 6 lames and besagews
Articulated stainless spaulders c.1460
Fantasy etched pauldrons and gorget set
Gorget with articulated pauldrons c.1460
Etched spaulders with bands of plates
Leather сovered shoulder armor
Shoulder armor with swordbreakers
Pauldrons with leather scallops, 14th c.
Lightweight flexible viking armor
Round medieval combat spaulders
Shoulder spaulders with swordbreakers
XV century inspired shoulder protection
Medieval stainless spaulders armor SCA
Stainless steel and leather spaulders
Shell-shaped pauldrons, early 15th c.
Etched pauldrons and gorget set, 15th c.
Eastern armor combat pauldrons
Usually looking for where to buy pauldrons, customers imply a curved steel armor piece to cover the shoulder. In fact, there are two terms to describe that element - small shoulder guards, named spaulders, and pauldrons. If the first could be worn either by soldiers and mercenaries, who got themselves some cheap incomplete armor, the latter were mostly used by knights and later by the cuirassiers. Here in our pauldron store we have both types and much more. Check them out:
- segmental pauldrons
- European and Eastern functional pauldrons
- Rus and Slavic spaulders
- etched pauldrons
Transition of pauldrons
Despite the fact that bronze or iron shoulder armor was commonly used in ancient times, samples of survived early medieval harnesses don’t show any slightest sign of them. The only protection was provided by shield or torch. The lack of equipment was realized only in 1275 when European armorers undertook tentative attempts to make pauldrons of metal stripes.
Throughout the 14th century they evolved considerably because of the slow paced Hundred Years War, and to the end of the century shoulder guard turned into a small all-metal spaulder. They were the prerogative of the knights, and of those who could afford the expensive armor, such as an alderman or a wealthy merchant’s son. With the spread of large mercenary armies, the spaulders came in handy for the infantry and mercenaries.
Great shoulder pauldrons, known under this name up till now, came into being in the first quarter of the 15th century. In Italy, they immediately gained immense popularity as an integral part of a knightly armor, whereas in Germany they were considered too cumbersome for more than a dozen years. Only the Gothic style made them change their mind, introducing Gothic pauldrons with the modest front and huge back portion.
Full-plate pauldrons have been perfect from the bottom to the top, except a tiny defect, which could turn a knight's armor into a funeral: unprotected armpit. Thanks to the armorers' invention, the Achilles' heel of the Middle Ages was covered with a hanging round plate, called rondel. Rondels have proven their practical necessity and lasted until the end of the armor era.