Domed Round Steel Shield


The shield is most likely the first manmade defensive artifact, and thus the history of shield use goes well beyond written history. Shields have been made of wood, leather, twined of twigs, all possible metals, even of turtle shells. The small steel domed shield remained popular from the 13th to the 17th century.
Many soldiers preferred a smaller shield like this to the full-size shield in order to be able to move more quickly. Although it did not give as a good a cover as a larger model, the speed it enabled could in many circumstances be lifesaver. Quick and easily manageable, they endured battle very well. The outward-turning edge of the shield reflected the impact of an enemy blade away, as well as strengthening the edge. Made of 1.3 mm thick (18 gauge) steel with leather grips.

Weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs), diameter 59 cm (23 1/8”).

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