Renaissance Dissident

Fine Reproduction Armour

I am an acknowledged expert in the reconstruction and restoration of armour, with over 35 years’ experience in the field, working for both private clients and public museums. My appointment as Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries made me the first Master Armourer in England to have his title officialy recognised since the 17th century, and I employ my skills in a wide variety of techniques and materials: the forging of iron, steel, non-ferrous and precious metals; casting in iron and bronze; engraving and acid etching; precious metal plating; patination and reconstruction of original colour finishes; work in textiles, leather, wood and other organic materials.

A copy of a Montefortino helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
A copy of a Roman murmillo gladiator helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
A copy of an Imperial-Gallic type ‘I’ helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
A copy of a Montefortino helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
A copy of an Imperial-Gallic type ‘I’ helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
A copy of a Roman murmillo gladiator helmet by Master Armourer Chris Dobson
Photos above left to right/top to bottom, reconstructions by Chris Dobson: a Montefortino type ‘B’ helmet, Roman, late 3rd-2nd century BC; a murmillo gladiator helmet, Roman, 1st century AD, an Imperial-Gallic type ‘I’ helmet, Roman, late 1st century AD; an early 16th century Italianate armet; an early 16th century tonlet armour; a mid-13th century ‘masked’ helm (distressed to simulate wear on campaign). All photos © Chris Dobson.

I combine those skills with a scholarly approach to ensure not just accurate reconstructions, but also that my work adds to what we understand about the manufacture and original appearance of armour, and about the Masters who made it. If you would like to discuss reconstructions of armour, please get in touch via the Contact page.

Please note: since moving to Italy I no longer make edged weapons, and I no longer accept any commissions for restoration.

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