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Vambraces (French language "avant-bras", sometimes known as lower cannons in the Middle Ages) are "tubular" or "gutter" defences for the forearm, developed first in the ancient world by the Romans, but only formally named during the early 14th century, as part of a suit of plate armour. They were made of either leather, sometimes reinforced with longitudinal strips of hardened hide or metal (a crafting method named "splinted armour"), or from a single piece of worked steel and worn with other pieces of armour. Vambraces are generally called forearm guards, with or without separate couters.

Archers often wear bracers, a variant of vambraces, to protect their arms while shooting.

External links

* [ The Armour Archive] examples and construction information for replica vambraces

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  • Vambrace — Vam brace, n. [See {Vantbrass}.] (Anc. Armor) The piece designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vambrace — vambraced, adj. /vam brays/, n. Armor. 1. a piece of plate armor for the forearm; a lower cannon. Cf. rerebrace. See diag. under armor. 2. plate armor for the arm, usually including upper and lower cannons and a couter. [1300 50; ME va(u)mbras …   Universalium

  • vambrace — noun a) The piece of armor designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist. b) The pieces of armor protecting the arm from the shoulder to the wrist. Not in common use in this sense, most scholars preferring the narrower definition, of… …   Wiktionary

  • Vambrace — 1) Avawmbrace Piece of armour for the fore arm, in tubular or part tubular form, made either of metal or of cuir bouilli. [< OldFr. avant = before + bras = arm] Cf. Bracer 2) Her. An arm sheathed in armour …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • vambrace — [ vambreɪs] noun historical a piece of armour for the arm, especially the forearm. Origin ME: from an Anglo Norman Fr. shortening of OFr. avantbras, from avant before + bras arm ; cf. vamplate …   English new terms dictionary

  • Vambrace — Protective armor for the forearm. It could also be used as a name for protective armor covering the whole arm. Armour guarding the forearm. ♦ Plate defence for the forearm. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 251) …   Medieval glossary

  • vambrace — vam·brace …   English syllables

  • vambrace — vam•brace [[t]ˈvæm breɪs[/t]] n. her armor for the forearm • Etymology: 1300–50; ME va(u) mbras < AF (a)vantbras=avant fore (see avaunt) +bras arm (see brace) vam′braced, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • vambrace — /væmˈbreɪs/ (say vam brays) noun a piece of armour for the forearm; a lower cannon. Compare rerebrace. {Middle English va(u)mbras from Anglo French (a)vantbra, from avant fore + bras arm} …  

  • vambrace — n. hist. defensive armour for the forearm. Etymology: ME f. AF vaunt bras, OF avant bras f. avant before (see AVAUNT) + bras arm …   Useful english dictionary

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