AR Williams


Fine armour was decorated in the fifteenth century by applied borders of gilded brass or bronze. From the c~osing years of ~he fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centunes, the armour itself was gilded. Decorative patterns were etched on to the surface and part or all of these were then covered with gold. This gilding was not incompatible with the hardening of steel armour, and some of the finest specimens of princely armour show both features.


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The gilding of armour. (2022). Historical Metallurgy, 25(2), 86.