Gambeson with buttons down the front ?

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Gambeson with buttons down the front ?

Postby Thearos » 07 Mar 2019 02:57

I rather like a replica gambeson. "XIVth century", says the vendor. "Good arm movement", says the reviewer. But why does it have buttons in front ? Wouldn't they snag on mail ? Is this made to be worn on its own ? Or over mail (as old Big Dummy once wrote). Were there such things in the middle ages ?
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