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Coat Plates

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

An innovation with future implications for Body Armor, Coat Plates were ingenious vestments. They looked exactly like everyday vests worn by many middle-class and noblemen. Sometimes referred to as a Jack of Plates or a Brigantine. Their design incorporated iron plating into the inside of the material. Strategically placed, they could stop a sword blow and even a musket ball shot (depending on distance). Their disadvantage was that they offered no protection to the underarms. They were also very expensive to make and could only be afforded by noblemen or mercenary forces. Falling into disuse due the underarm issues, they will be re-tested and re-developed over the centuries until they evolved into today's standard body armor vests used by many Military and Police organizations worldwide.