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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Shields

Buckler or small parade shield

Period:
16th Century
Description:

A buckler is a small shield that reaches no more than 45cm in diameter. Due to its small size, bucklers are best suited to close-combat confrontations rather than as protection from projectile weaponry, however, this particular example would have served for ceremonial purposes. This buckler has a pierced steel front that is decorated with repeated concentric patterns. Gilded bolts attach the shield front to its base. Soldiers would hold the buckler by the central bar on the rear of the shield.

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000546
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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