The Armor ClipArt gallery offers 124 illustrations of armor commonly used in battle including full suits of plate, chain, and mail armors, as well as pieces of armor, such as shields and helmets, and armor for horses.

"Gauntlet of plate, later 14th century. In medieval armor, a glove of defense." -Whitney, 1911

Gauntlet of Plate

"Gauntlet of plate, later 14th century. In medieval armor, a glove of defense." -Whitney, 1911

"Genouillère, middle of 13th century. The knee-piece, of hammered iron, introduced toward the close of the thirteenth century, and worn at first over the chausses of mail, being held in place by a strap passing round the leg, and consisting at first of a dish-shaped or slightly pointed roundel." -Whitney, 1911

Genouillère

"Genouillère, middle of 13th century. The knee-piece, of hammered iron, introduced toward the…

"Genouillère, middle of 13th century. An articulated piece forming a part of the jambe or of the cuissart in the fourteenth century, and later furnished with large wings which projected backward on each side of the knee-joint." -Whitney, 1911

Genouillère

"Genouillère, middle of 13th century. An articulated piece forming a part of the jambe or of…

"Glove-shield, 15th century. A contrivance adopted in the sixteenth century for arming the left hand for parrying thrusts and blows." -Whitney, 1911

Glove-Shield

"Glove-shield, 15th century. A contrivance adopted in the sixteenth century for arming the left hand…

"Glove-shield, 15th century. A contrivance adopted in the sixteenth century for arming the left hand for parrying thrusts and blows." -Whitney, 1911

Glove-Shield

"Glove-shield, 15th century. A contrivance adopted in the sixteenth century for arming the left hand…

Plate Gorget.

Gorget

Plate Gorget.

"1, Hausse-col (a) attached to the brigandline, 15th century. GORGET. A piece of armor protecting the throat and sometimes the upper part of the breast." -Whitney, 1911

Gorget

"1, Hausse-col (a) attached to the brigandline, 15th century. GORGET. A piece of armor protecting the…

"2, Hausse-col (a) worn over mail, early 15th century. GORGET. A piece of armor protecting the throat and sometimes the upper part of the breast." -Whitney, 1911

Gorget

"2, Hausse-col (a) worn over mail, early 15th century. GORGET. A piece of armor protecting the throat…

"Gothic Style of Armor. Monument of Count Otto IV of Henneberg." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Gothic Armor

"Gothic Style of Armor. Monument of Count Otto IV of Henneberg." — The Encyclopedia Britannica,…

Armor worn by the Greek soldiers as art armor.

Greek Armor (Art Armor)

Armor worn by the Greek soldiers as art armor.

A habergeon, or coat of mail, used by soldiers during medieval times.

Habergeon

A habergeon, or coat of mail, used by soldiers during medieval times.

A head protector used by ancient tribes in Africa.

Head Protector

A head protector used by ancient tribes in Africa.

Heaume, early 13th century.

Heaume

Heaume, early 13th century.

Heaume, early 15th century.

Heaume

Heaume, early 15th century.

Heaume, early 15th century.

Heaume

Heaume, early 15th century.

This illustration shows the gems worn on the breast plate of the high priest of the Hebrews. Each of these gems is mentioned in the Bible.
1) Cornelian (Reuben)
2) Topaz (Simeon)
3) Emerald (Levi)
4) Ruby (Judah)
5) Sapphire (Issachar)
6) Diamond (Zebulon)
7) Hyacinth (Dan)
8) Agate (Naphtali)
9) Amethyst (Gad)
10) Chrysolite (Asher)
11) Sardonyx (Joseph)
12) Jasper (Benjamin)

Hebrew Breastplate

This illustration shows the gems worn on the breast plate of the high priest of the Hebrews. Each of…

The oldest use of helmets was by Ancient Greek soldiers, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to protect the head from sword blows and arrows.

Helmet

The oldest use of helmets was by Ancient Greek soldiers, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to…

"Fan-crest, about 1350. A form of crest common in the middle ages at different periods, as in the reign of Richard I. of England, whose second great seal shows this crest, and again at the end of the thirteenth century, when it assumed the shape of a fan or screen with radiating ribs, attached to the helm at a single point." -Whitney, 1911

Medieval Helmet with Fan Crest

"Fan-crest, about 1350. A form of crest common in the middle ages at different periods, as in the reign…

An illustration of a helmet with mesail in two parts.

Hemet with Mesail

An illustration of a helmet with mesail in two parts.

Full-barred helmet, protects entire face.

Helmet, Full Barred

Full-barred helmet, protects entire face.

An open helmet, which covers only the head, ears, and neck.

Helmet, Open

An open helmet, which covers only the head, ears, and neck.

Esquire's sidelong helmet, with visor shut.

Heraldry, Esquire

Esquire's sidelong helmet, with visor shut.

King's full-faced helmet, with six bars.

Heraldry, King

King's full-faced helmet, with six bars.

Knight's full-faced helmet of steel. Open visor.

Heraldry, Knight

Knight's full-faced helmet of steel. Open visor.

Five-barred noble's helmet.

Heraldry, Noble

Five-barred noble's helmet.

A horse with battle armor.

Armored Horse

A horse with battle armor.

Two skullcaps used for defense of the head in the 16th century. The caps fit closely to the head. The cap on the left appears to be cloth lined with an iron frame. The cap on the right consists only of the iron frame. Both caps are from the 16th century.

Iron Skullcaps from the 16th Century

Two skullcaps used for defense of the head in the 16th century. The caps fit closely to the head. The…

Jambes, or armor footwear.

Jambes

Jambes, or armor footwear.

Knight in complete armor

Knight in complete armor

Knight in complete armor

An illustration of a knight sitting on a horse wearing a full suit of armor.

Knight in Full Armor

An illustration of a knight sitting on a horse wearing a full suit of armor.

"The armor and lance of a knight of 1550."—Gordy, 1912

Knight of 1550

"The armor and lance of a knight of 1550."—Gordy, 1912

Heavily armored knights engaged in battle.

Knights Armor

Heavily armored knights engaged in battle.

An illustration of a 13th century mask of steel.

Mask of Steel

An illustration of a 13th century mask of steel.

The 'mitten' superseded the gauntlet of the 14th century. Rather than having separate, unjointed fingers, it had jointed steel plates (meshed), for the fingers.

Mitten (Armor)

The 'mitten' superseded the gauntlet of the 14th century. Rather than having separate, unjointed fingers,…

Norman armor

Norman armor

Norman armor

A piece of armor that protects the breast of a horse.

Poitrel

A piece of armor that protects the breast of a horse.

Armor used by the ancient Romans in battle.

Roman Armor

Armor used by the ancient Romans in battle.

Armor worn by the Roman soldiers; art armor.

Roman Cuirass (Art Armor)

Armor worn by the Roman soldiers; art armor.

Armor worn by the Roman soldiers as scale armor.

Roman Cuirass (Scale Armor)

Armor worn by the Roman soldiers as scale armor.

A buckler, or small round shield.

Rondache

A buckler, or small round shield.

A horsemen's helmet viewed from the front.

Sallet

A horsemen's helmet viewed from the front.

A horsemen's helmet viewed from the side.

Sallet

A horsemen's helmet viewed from the side.

A spanish helmet.

Sallet

A spanish helmet.

Small plates are sewn onto cloth, overlapping. "Scale-armor of the Early Middle Ages." -Whitney, 1911

Scale Armor

Small plates are sewn onto cloth, overlapping. "Scale-armor of the Early Middle Ages." -Whitney, 1911

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

Scutum

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

Scutum

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

Scutum

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

Scutum

The scutum was a semi-cylindrical shield used by ancient Roman legionaries.

A Roman scutum shield.

Roman scutum

A Roman scutum shield.

"A skull-cap of steel worn sometimes under and sometimes over the camail." -Whitney, 1911

Secret

"A skull-cap of steel worn sometimes under and sometimes over the camail." -Whitney, 1911

A shield showing the semé pattern of Fleurs-de-lis.

Semé Shield

A shield showing the semé pattern of Fleurs-de-lis.

A round, handheld shield used as military armor.

Shield

A round, handheld shield used as military armor.

This shield is made out of iron. It is cut in fanciful technique and inlaid with gold and silver.

Shield

This shield is made out of iron. It is cut in fanciful technique and inlaid with gold and silver.

A Norman kite shield of the 10th or 11th century, considered the beginning of the High Middle Ages.

Kite Shield

A Norman kite shield of the 10th or 11th century, considered the beginning of the High Middle Ages.

A shield of mounted men-at-arms from the first half of the 13th century, considered the High Middle Ages.

Medieval Shield

A shield of mounted men-at-arms from the first half of the 13th century, considered the High Middle…

A shield from the Philippines.

Phillipine shield

A shield from the Philippines.

Illustration including one large shield from the first half of the 13th century, bearing a decorative cross. It also includes two men having a sword fight. The man on the left is wearing a shield from the close of the 14th century, while the man on the right uses a shield from the close of the 13th century. The man on the right is on horseback. Both men have their swords raised and are wearing full armor.

Medieval Shields from the 13th and 14th Centuries

Illustration including one large shield from the first half of the 13th century, bearing a decorative…

Soldier of Bornou.

Soldier

Soldier of Bornou.

An illustration of a knight and three men at arms wearing iron armors during the fourteenth century.

Fourteenth Century Knight and Men at Arms

An illustration of a knight and three men at arms wearing iron armors during the fourteenth century.

Armor worn by Spaniards in their conquests of the New World.

Spanish Armor

Armor worn by Spaniards in their conquests of the New World.