1642-1651 Parliamentarian Cavalry
This costume depicts one of the most iconic uniforms and armour of the English Civil War. The Parliamentarian Cavalry of more commonly termed “Roundhead”. Other nicknames such as “Iron Sides” and “Lobsters” have also been associated with this particular set of armour.
The Cavalry Trooper is wearing a standard set of Doublet and Breeches over which a heavy Buff Leather jerkin is worn. In many cases, this heavy Leather Coat was enough protection from cuts and blows but still offered a degree of movement and comfort. The Trooper is then equipped with a steel breast and back plate (Cuirass) and a steel articulated helmet. The leather boots can be pulled up to protect the knees and the spur straps have extra protection for the foot.
The Cuirass has been tested to withstand a pistol shot and is considered to be ‘shot proofed’.
The trooper is armed with a heavy “Mortuary Sword”. A straight bladed basket hilt sword which were made in their hundreds and issued to the troopers.