Thanksgiving Arms & Armor
Armor and Arms of Colonial America
Morion based on finds at Jamestowne made for soldiers on the Godspeed
Living History, Jamestowne
Ships in harbor
Group of 9 helms.
Jamestowne Soldiers Armor
These helms were crafted for the soldiers who manned the Godspeed
a ship built to replicate one of the early ships of the settlers at Jamestowne. The items were based on excavations
and information on what the settlers carried at the time. We made Cuirasses for them as well. The armor was painted black to help with corrosion resistance as they were to be worn by the crew on the Godspeeds voyage up and down the east coast.
Cuirass for soldiers at Jamestowne.
We have also made several pieces from this era for a private collector, two of which were part of the Jamestowne finds --an elegant rapier and a very nice basket hilt.
Rapier excavated from Jamestowne, Virginia.
Replica of Rapier found at Jamestowne.
Replica of basket hilt from Jamestowne, original in the Smithsonian
Researching Early America
Sometimes we have to work from sources that may not be the clearest rendition of the piece possible. For example, trying to reconstruct the hilt from an image like the one above is very difficult. In this case we were able to utilize the excellent work of Preservation Virgina
to get more details on the piece. Their work includes the below x ray and images of the hilt which gave us a better understanding of how the original sword was constructed. Collaborating with groups and organizations like these great historic preservationists is something that we do often to make certain that our replicas are as accurate as possible. Our experience reconstructing, studying, and sometimes obsessing over basket hilts for the past four decades allowed us to extrapolate from these pictures to create the lovely sword below.
Xray of hilt.
After some conservation.
The interior of the basket prior to adjusting where it would sit.
Finished Replica of Basket hilt.
Swords like these are some of our favorite projects, but they also highlight the challenges this work entails. It takes time to replicate these items as closely as possible. Especially with our complex hilts
, which we hand build individually with few to no cast parts, the process of research, design, and building often takes a year or more. So, get your orders in early and we will work hard to make your perfect sword.
We have also reproduced some of the polearms found in the Jamestowne colony. Here is an example of some excavated pieces from the site, and a replica we did from many years ago. We now make a wide range of polearms, many of which are suitable for the colonial time period.
Replica piece crafted by A&A
We hope this gives you something fun to think about and share as you prepare for, or recover from, Thanksgiving feasting. Happy holidays!