CHRIS DOBSON
An Artist and Historian with a Passion for Italy

Arms and Armour: Sculpture in Steel

Royal Armouries Museum Leeds.

Chris Dobson has been making reconstructions of armour and edged weapons for museums, private collectors, living history, film and stage since 1985. The noted collector Peter Gwynn once described him as “...a worthy successor to the Masters of the past.” In 1995 the quality of his work was recognized by his appointment as Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries, and he was presented to Queen Elizabeth II at the inauguration of his studio. He is the only Armourer in the West to have his Mastership officially recognized.

His reconstructions include: copper alloy pieces and linen armour from the Classical World; hardened leather armour and mail from the High Middle Ages; full plate harnesses from the 15th and 16th Centuries; three-dimensionally embossed ‘all’antica’ Italian Renaissance pieces; hand-forged edged weapons; Baroque harquebusier armour and buff coats; and fully-working miniatures. His helmet skulls are one-piece forgings from flat plate, as per the originals, and all fixtures and fittings - right down to individual rivets - are hand-crafted.

Expert restoration of arms and armor.
Photos ©: above Rod Ebden; below Chris Dobson.
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