Privately Purchased British WW1 Body Armour -

Privately Purchased British WW1 Body Armour -"The Best Body Shield"

Code: 56659

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A very rare set of privately purchased WW1 British Body Armour, “The Best Body Shield”, complete with its original storage bag.

Constructed with articulated steel plates of 12% magnesium steel to the front and back, joined by two shoulder straps  and held tight to the body by a single belt with claw buckle, the set weighs 3110 grams and is covered with a Khaki drill.

Overall condition is very good but with rust staining showing through the cotton drill.

It was easy to pack with the owners equipment but like most armour of the time was not particularly successful, test showing it was easily penetrated by a high velocity bullet and its narrow design exposed much of the torso at the sides.