-- Vambrace
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Time Period: 14th-17th century
Location: Europe
Common Construction: Steel

Vambraces protect the arms of the wearer. The first vambraces were only for the lower arm between the elbow and wrist, but later the the armor was separated into a lower "cannon" and an upper cannon joined by an elbow cop. This provided protection from the wrist all the way to the top of the arm at the shoulder.

Although arm related armor had been in use for over 1000 years, the 14th century is the first time that this type of armor had a specific name. However many armors which covered the torso such as the hauberk included protection for the arms inherently, and did not need to be identified specifically.

Armor, Arms, CE 14th Century, CE 15th Century, CE 16th Century, CE 17th Century, History, Medieval Europe

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