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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.
Medieval gambeson from Arnstadt is an example of 14th century gambeson based on German historical sources. This model is characterized by lack of stitching on the torso.
Outer layer and lining in this medieval soldier’s aketon are made of linen. Our 14th century gambeson is closed with 24 tin buttons and it does not have a collar.
The filling in this clothing is made of cotton-polyester fabric of various levels of thickness.
↪ on chest, shoulders and elbows - Y2
↪ in rest of medieval gambeson - Y1
More information about thickness you can find here.
This medieval soldier’s aketon does not have stitches on the torso, back and arms. From the waist below and on forearms, stitchings are horizontal. The lack of quilting makes this clothing not only perfect as a medieval soldier’s aketon but a civil garment as well.
NOTE - there is an option of modifying the thickness of amortization layers in this 14th 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 medieval soldier’s 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.
14th century gambeson from a gravestone
An example of medieval soldier’s gambeson from Anstadt can be found in Liebfrauenkirche in the German city of Arnstadt. You can find there a tomb of Gunter XXV von Schwarzburg-Blankenburg and his wife Elisabeth von Honstein-Sonderhausen, The monument was created in the 14th century. The character introduced as the servant nr 7 is wearing a medieval soldier’s gambeson similar to our product.
Medieval soldier’s gambeson from Arnstadt - basic features:
- closed with tin buttons
- no collar
- available in standard sizes (XS-XXL) or in custom sizing
- fully modifiable, including the layers
- 14th century gambeson based on historical sources
- perfect as both medieval soldier’s aketon or civil garment
Gravestone art - source for medieval soldier’s aketon
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. Gravestones could also present inscriptions on a dead person, their heraldry, or the whole person. Usually, the character was in a lying or half-standing position.
Cadaver monuments are an interesting type of gravestones. Transi tombs presented two, separated characters of the deceased - material and spiritual.
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.
Thanks to gravestones we can copy various medieval soldier’s equipment, like our 14th 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 14 is named Medieval gambeson from Arnstadt.