Brass Scale Armour
Product Name: Brass Scale Armour
- Flexible armor shirt composed of many small plates stitched to a backing
- Plates are made of brass
Known as lorica squamata to the Romans, scale armor, like this reproduction hauberk of Greek Scale Armor, consists of several small metal scales that have been attached to a simple backing material with the intent of creating an effective suit of armor. This method provided many of the benefits of full plate armor, while allowing for greater mobility due to its increased flexibility.
While the most durable modern choice is tempered high carbon steel scales, the model here is made of brass.
In addition, this shirt provided good coverage with no gaps between adjoining plates. The individual scales were also much simpler to replace, meaning a damaged suit would be much simpler and faster to repair than plate armor.
Roman Republic and later; many depictions are shown on Trajan's column, erected in 108 CE.
Scale armour was worn by warriors of many different cultures as well as their horses. The material used to make the scales varied and included bronze, iron, rawhide, leather, cuir bouilli, seeds, horn, pangolin scales and, in ancient China, paper. The variations are primarily the result of material availability.
This is a detail of a surviving fragment of Roman scale armor. Because the scales were attached to a cloth or hide backing, most of what has survived is in fragments.