Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vienna wotsthisthen?

Click on these pictures to enlarge them and see if you can figure out what they are.

Pretty cool hmmmm?   Check out the knuckle spikes! 


Ars.Gladius said...
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Ars.Gladius said...

A "buckauntletern" from a period when things were getting ridiculous.

It's a buckler/gauntlet/lantern. Started to be seen in late 16th century (ish) Italy I think.

The buckler and gauntlet part are obvious. The lantern was covered with a leather flap and would allow the wielder to uncover it to dazzel or confuse the attacker. The spikey bits, well, was part psychological warfare and a good helping of ouchies.

Some other fun inventions include the pistol sword and variants. The flintlock axe pistol was a trademark Polish cavalry weapon from the 16th until the 18th century.

There were also shield pistols and pistol maces. Henry VIII's bodyguards were equipped with iron round shields fitted with a pistol. The English also combined pistols with maces. A notable example is Henry VIII's Walking Staff, a 3 barreled pistol and morning star.

Dr. Deb said...

Wow, amazing battle gear.