We make our padded jack from
over a dozen layers of fabric. It has 14 layers on the corps and 8 in sleeves.
This type of gambeson (or aketon) differs
from the rest of our medieval arming clothes. The filling from
the many layers of fabric was made in accordance with historical guidelines.
This makes this padded armor much more resistant to shoves and
hits. However, this also makes it heavier and more starchy than other jackets
This aketon in standard is tied up with 4 leather straps, and the neck is covered by a collar. There is an option of choosing the fabric for inside layers of a padded armor — linen or cotton. What is more, you can choose a color on the outside and the lining on the inside.
In the Late Middle Ages the padded armor of this type was often used as the only armature. The layer technique was precisely described in historical sources. On of those was the decree of Louis XI of France from around 1450. This document evaluates the look of a gambeson, its shape, the number of layers, and type of fabric. According to king Louis, padded jack should have 30, or at least 25 layers of fabric, both in the corps and sleeves, but also in the collar. Outside layer of a corps should be made of deer's leather. Tied up in the front, with material under binding as resistant as the rest of a jacket. The king of France explains that nobody has ever seen half a dozen of men killed by enemies or arrows in such gambesons, especially if the men were experienced in warfare.
There is a range of available modifications in the padded jack:
— a bi-color gambeson (+10% of additional payment);
— a gambeson without a collar.
There is also an option of changing the binding for:
— a twirl binding (additional payment);
— a button closure (additional payment).
Note! Every aketon from our assortment can be made in a layer technique. In this case, price can differ from the one displayed in the product.
In the Middle Ages, gambesons were used as cheap armor for fighters, but only the poorest used them as the only protection. For the rest, aketons were the supplement of an arming clothing, ensuring the amortization against hits and protection against brushing of an armor. Among quilted elements of medieval protection, we can find gambesons and padded jacks for the body, quilted legs, quilted bonets, or quilted gloves. They were made of from few to several dozens of fabric layers. In 13th century this arming clothing was long and rather not fitted to the body. They were put on through head and buttoned up under the neck. Later, with the development of other parts of arming clothing, aketons became shorter and more fitted to the wearer's body. In 14th and 15th century, pourpoints were mostly buttoned up or tied up in the front.
Usually our gambesons consist of:
— first layer of linen,
— sustaining layer of cotton,
— few amortization layers of non-woven fabric (its precise amount is given in the product description),
— and linen lining.
In all of medieval arming clothes (including a quilted hood or glove) the type of amortization layers can be changed. Click on the picture below to see layers available in our shop:
• Gambesons and quilted long legs:
• Small quilted arming garments:
In case of changing the arrangement of amortization layers, please type the code of chosen filling (Y1-Y13) in the “additional information” section during the process of ordering a product.
Gambesons were a cheap protection for the fighting men in the Middle Ages, but only the poorest ones used only them as their single armour. For others they were a part of a complete protective armament, providing amortization of the hit and the protection of attritions from the armour. Among padded protective elements we can find: gambesons protecting the trunk and hands, padded gloves, padded coifs and separate hoses. They were sewn from layers of a fabric. In the 13th century gambesons were long and rather badly-fitted to the figure. They were usually put over the head and buttoned only near the neck. Later, with the development of other elements of the armour, gambesons were shorter and better fitted to the body. In the 14th and the 15th centuries they were usually buttoned at the front or laced up.
Normally we use:
- linen first layer
- second strengthening layer (cotton)
- few layers of batting(for specific numbers, see description of the chosen quilted garment)
- linen lining
In all arming garments (quilted hood etc.), you can change the padding. Click on this picture to see different options of padding available in our shop:
• Gambesons and long quilted legs
• Small quilted arming garments
If you decide to change the padding, please write the code of chosen padding (Y1-Y13) in the "additional information" box in one of the next steps of ordering.