The Art & Arms of Medieval & Renaissance Italy


The Art of Chris Dobson

Armour restoration br Chris Dobson eBook

The Art of Chris Dobson


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A4 Format PDF.

Price: £14.95

Available end September 2018

For the past 25-odd years Chris Dobson has carried out expert restoration and conservation of many pieces of armour and edged weapons, from masterworks to mass-produced munition arms. This work runs from simple cleaning, to bringing apparently hopeless cases ‘back from the dead’ and reconstructing full Renaissance embossed, etched and gilded decoration. The techniques involved in such restoration can be either reversible or non-reversible, as circumstances dictate. The restoration process includes documentation of any notable features, such as constructional marks, signatures, working-lifetime alterations or battle damage, and sometimes attribution of the piece, and metallographic anylisis by leading experts.

This publication brings together a selection of these restorations, demonstrating that so often, a restoration project is a learning process, and sometimes what you discover can give you quite a surprise. This book contains many unpublished photos that document the restoration process of armour and edged weapons: before, during, and after the work, together with photos of comparable pieces, art and period documents that put these projects into context. Some pieces are in public museums, but others are in private collections, never published before.

NB: this eBook is in A4 format more suitable for printing, and for reading on computers or tablets.

Expert restoration of harquebusier armour
Expert restoration of English Civil War armour
Medieval Hardened Leather Vambrace
Medieval Hardened Leather Vambrace
Example photos above from the book, left to right/top to bottom: the first two photos how a simple 17th century Flemish harquebusier pott was restored to show its original elegant lines: removal of later paint, correction of distortion of the peak and skull, restoration of the nasal bar and staple, cheek pieces and neckguard, restoration of the original blue-grey oxide finish; the second two photos show a 14th century basilard, cleaned and re-hilted with horn scales and solid silver pins.
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