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SPES products - technology & methods of manufacturing
- products with visible signs of using modern methods and tools in their production; e.g. visible outside and inside seams in clothing made with the use of a machine.
- products with visible signs of using both modern and traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. main, inside seams in clothing are made with the use of a machine while outside stitches and details are sewn by hand.
- goods with visible signs of using only traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. all seams in clothing are sewn by hand.
*NOTE. We always use high quality materials and fabrics while making our products - the above standards of their production are not related to the materials used.
This 15th century gambeson is closed with leather laces and has a high collar. The fitted gambeson will work out perfectly as a soldier’s medieval gambeson.
Outer layer and lining of this 15th century gambeson are made of linen. It is a fitted gambeson closed with 4 leather laces, with a high collar.
Dutch gambeson has densely arranged vertical quilting on the torso section. Stitchings are reaching the midsection and start to extend, underlining the waistline. Sleeves also have vertical stitchings, but arranged more rarely.
This model of 15th century gambeson has filling in the form of cotton-polyester nonwoven of various thicknesses.
↪ on chest, shoulders and elbows - Y2
↪ in rest of medieval gambeson - Y1
More information about thickness you can find here.
Dutch fitted gambeson will be a perfect element of knight’s equipment.
NOTE - there is an option of modifying the thickness of amortization layers in this model of our 15th century gambeson. To customize this product, please contact our Sales Department before you place an order.
More information on the thickness of the gambeson can be found here!
When you place an order, please choose one of the available colors. The table of colors can be found here.
Our fitted gambeson is available in standard sizes from XS to XXL or in custom size, fitted to individual needs with an additional 20% charge. To choose the proper size, please follow the chart below:
Individual measurements. Price + 20%.
Please write down the chosen size in additional information box when you place the order.
15th century gambeson from North Brabant
Aketon of this type can be found in the main church of St. Mary in Breda. There is a monumental tomb of Engelbert I, the Prince of Nassau. The Prince is kneeling against the Virgin Mary, with a person wearing a similar 15th century gambeson behind him.
Basic features of our Dutch fitted gambeson
- tied up with 4 leather laces, easing the process of putting the gambeson on
- high collar protecting the neck
- available in standard sizes (XS-XXL) or in custom sizing
- fully modifiable (including the layers)
- fitted gambeson based on historical sources
- stitchings accentuating the waist and special cutouts on the sides
Gravestone art - medieval source for 15th century gambesons
In the medieval period, gravestone art had an essential role in everyday life. Over the centuries, the shape and look of gravestones have undergone numerous changes, but their aim remained the same - Memento mori, be mindful of dying.
There were a few types of gravestones - tombs, epitaphs, and tombstones. The most popular were tombstones closing the graves, vertical or horizontal.
Cadaver monuments are an interesting type of a gravestones. Transi tombs presented two, separated characters of the deceased - material and spiritual. Gravestones could also present inscriptions on a dead person, their heraldry, or a whole person. Usually, the character was in a lying or half-standing position. From the 15th century we can also find a kneeling character, like Prince Engelbert I. Later, in the renaissance period, a fashion of characters resting on their elbows developed and the time of Memento mori philosophy was coming to an end.
As for numerous depictions of kings, queens, priests and knights, gravestones are a very important source of knowledge on medieval clothing of various social classes from the whole medieval period. Thanks to them we can copy knights’ equipment, like our 15th century gambeson.
The upgrading of SPES gambesons design
Currently, we are working on implementing to our assortment the upgraded versions of our well-known 15th century gambeson. Changes include:
- improving the functionality and mobility of our aketons
- layers’ thickness (check the chart with levels of amortization)
- directions and shape of stitchings
- minor changes in cut (for better fitting)
- and most of all, matching the gambesons to our six-levels size set: XS-XXL (NOTE: you can still order a custom-sized fitted gambeson)
Therefore, you can be sure that upgraded SPES gambesons are even better suited to your needs. And if you have any questions about mentioned changes in any model, contact us - we will dispel the doubts!
To make each gambeson stand out even more, we gave them unique names. From now on, the Gambeson type 12 is named Dutch gambeson.