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 Medieval Shields - Display and Battle

 

We stock medieval battle and display shield models of hundreds of styles. They are available as a hanging style or a hand-held battle ready style. Shown below are just a few styles we offer. Most are hand made in the USA by www.theshieldfactory.com .  The outer rim you see on the shields is part of the graphic artwork.

Alphyn medieval shield is purple and gold
Alphyn

Ancient Eagle medieval shield in black and gold yellow
Ancient Eagle

Flaming Heart and Stag battle shield
Flaming Heart Stag

Black Cross medieval battle shield
Black Cross

Florence Fleur de Lis Red
Fleur de Lis Red

Griffin on Gold shield
Griffin on Gold

Hospitaller Distressed medieval battle shield
Hospitaller

Templar Distressed medieval shield
Templar Distessed

The Hanging Styles are SH503P-DG-HG and SH504P-DG-HG for the hanging type shield. They cost $145 each. The Battle ready type has leather straps on the back. Style numbers on the battle ready are SH503P-DG-BR and SH504P-DG-BR and they cost $159 each. The shields are 18" x 24" and made of 16 ga. steel and have about 1 1/2 of curvature depth.

 

Barry of 6 Medieval Shields

Barry of 6 medieval shield blue and gold
Blue and Gold

Barry of 6 Red and Gold
Red and Gold

Barry of 6 medieval shield in black and gold
Black and Gold

Barry of Six red and silver shield
Red and Silver

Christian Medieval Shields

Calf of St. Luke battle shield
Calf of St. Luke
Eagle of St. John
Eagle of St. John
Eye of God
Eye of God
Flaming Heart 
Flaming Heart
Holy Ghost medieval shield
Holy Ghost
Luther's Seal shield
Luther's Seal  
Shield of Faith shield
Shield of Faith
Silver Cross
Silver Cross
Lion of St. Mark shield
Lion St. Mark
Royal Cross
Royal Cross
Lion of St. Mark Lorraine
St. Mark Lorraine
St. Michael shield
St. Michael 
  Trinity Shield
Trinity Shield 
   

Billet Blue and Gold medieval shield
Billet

Black Cross with red shield center
Black Cross w/Red

Black and Gold Cross shield
Black Cross on Gold

Boar on Quarterly field battle shield
Boar Quarterly

Bull Quarterly medieval shield
Bull Quarterly

 

Chained Dragon Cross shield
Chained Dragon

Checky red and white medieval shield
Checky

Bendy Wavy Medieval Shields Styles
some color customization is available upon request on the styles directly below

Bendy Wavy Whit medieval sheild
Red and White
Bendy Wavy medieval shield in blue and gold
Blue and Gold
Bendy Wavy medieval shield silver and red
Silver and Gold
Bendy Wavy Red
Red and Gold

Chevronny of Ten Style Shields
some color customization is available upon request on the styles directly below

Chevronny of Ten red and white medieval shield
Red and White

Chevronny of Ten Blue and Gold shield
Blue and Gold

Chevronny of Ten black and gold medieval battle shield
Black and Red

Chevronny of Ten Red and Gold battle shield
Red and Gold

Chevron with Crosses shield
Chevron Crosses

Chevron on Blue with Gold fleur de lis shield
Chevron Fleur

Crusader Lion shield
Crusader Lion

Crusader Lion on Cross battle shield
Gold Crusader Lion

Gyronnant and Gyrony Styles
some color customization is available upon request on the medieval shieldstylesstylesdirectly belowdirectly below

Gyronnant Black and White Medieval shield
Black and White

Gyronnant Blue and Gold shield
Blue and Gold

Gyronnant Green and Gold shield
Green and Gold

Gyronnant Red and Gold battle shield
Red and Gold

Gyronnant Red and White
Red and White

Gyronny Arondi
Gyronny Arondi 8

Gyronny Arondi of 6 red and white distressed medieval shield
Gyronny Arondi 6

Gyronny of 20 medieval shield
Gyronny of 20

Dragon 4 point medieval shield
Dragon 4 Point
Dragon Bend Sinister medieval shield
Dragon Bend Sinister
   
Fesse Dancetty Ermine
Fesse Ermine
/Fesse Dancetty Gabony shield
Fesse Dancetty
  Flaming Heart and Stag on Wood shield 
Stag Heart Wood
Flaming Torches
Flaming Torches
Fleur de Lis Blue
Blue Fleur
Gold Fleur de Lis on Wood
Gold Fleur
Griffin Cross medieval shield
Griffin Cross
Heraldic Rose shield
Heraldic Rose
  Hospitaller Paly shield
Hospitaller Paly
Legendary Captain America style shield
Legendary
    Lion on Cross shield
Lion on Cross
Lion per Pale shield
Lion per Pale
Lion Tressure shield
Lion Tressure
 Panther Rose on Gold
Panther Rose
 Panther on Gold shield
Panther on Gold
Yale medieval shield
Yale

Quarterly Style Medieval Shields in Hanging or Battle Type 

  Quarterly Double Eagle shield
Double Eagle
Quarterly Plain shield
Quarterly Plain
Quarterly Sun Eye shield
 Sun Eye
Quarterly Cross
Quarterly Cross
Quarterly Stag battle shield
Quarterly Stag
Quarterly Dragon shield
Quarterly Dragon
Quarterly
Quarterly Sun
Quarterly Tower
Tower
     
Saltire White
Saltire White
Saltier Fimbriated
Saltire Red 
Stag on Wood shield
Stag on Wood 
Stag on Black shield
Stag on Black
 Rose per Bend with crosses
Roses and Crosses
Templar Griffin shield
Templar Griffin
   
White Cross quarterly
White Cross
Wyvern per Bend Sinister shield
Wyvern per Bend
Maltese Cross shield
Maltese Cross 
 

More Medieval Style Battle Shields

richard The Lionhearted medieval shield with 3 lions and cross   Templar Kinghts Shield   Crusader medieval shield

Custom Crests: We can custom make a piece from your original artwork. Just send us a JPG image of your crest or your colors for an accurate quote. We can generally provide 5-6 day turnaround on all custom made items. Choose from wall hanging types or battle ready with real leather straps.

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 Charles V medieval shield - black crackle with brass        SH851 El Cid Polished Shield

We offer several Styles of medieval shields for wall display with crests to choose from. 1 or 2 swords can mounted and displayed on the back of these shields

Heraldic Crests and Family Colors

Combat custom hand-painted shield     Shield of Sir Robet of Yorktown
Garner family crest painted on shield     Rymnders custom family crst on display shield
Custom shields with hand painted medieval crests - hand held or wall display
Rampant Lion shield     Fleur de lis shield with hanging chain     Hospitaller Shield

Richard the Lionhearted Shield     Crusader shield     dragon shield

More medieval shields and crests
shields start at $59 - $199

History of Medieval Shields and Coat of Arms

People have used shields since they figured out that something was needed to block or deflect blows from an enemy or animal. The shield was also a handy device to land blows on someone, or something, that was attacking in order to stun the attacker long enough to get some distance from them. The earliest shields were probably only strong enough to protect against a blowpipe, a slingshot or a rudimentary bow as they were made only from animal hides and wicker or reeds. It is doubtful these early shields would have held up for very long against a raging bear or a manic intruder with a heavy stone in their hand! But people have always been very creative and improvements appeared as time passed, with all tools and weapons. Eventually, they used wood and rawhide which were much stronger. By the Middle Ages, the shield had progressed to all shapes and sizes with metal rims and supports and were mostly wooden or bronze. By the later Medieval Age, steel shields, having proved to be stronger and giving more protection, became the standard.

By the time man began to organize himself into factions, these shields began to serve another purpose and that was one of identification. Because there was little uniformity in what a man used for armor, in a battle, it would have been very easy to mistake one of your own for the enemy. Different clans began to add their own symbols to the shields to differentiate themselves from their enemies. The use of Standards or flags were reserved for royalty but would reflect the same symbol that appeared on the shields of the common soldiers. Simple designs such as the outline of an animal or lines painted in different colors were enough in the beginning but became more complex as time passed.

Some military standards were developed and used by more organized forces, such as the Romans but would reflect only the fact that they were Roman soldiers, unrelated to the Emperor. These symbols began to be used in the 12th century by the rulers and knights of Europe and were as varied as the country or tribes who used them. The Normans were the first recognized to have symbols that related to an individual, most notably Richard the Lionheart. His famous lion which began as his Great Seal ( the seal of the ruler) with one or two lions became part of the National Coat of arms in variation all over the British Isles in the 17th century.

Over the next one hundred years, these battle shield symbols began to graduate into society, to distinguish the various noblemen and families of the higher social orders in Europe as, on the battlefield, they were recognized as a particular family’s emblem. The designs became more ornate and began to take on the personalities of the families, their occupations and their achievements. Who was allowed to have these was dictated by social custom, sometimes by law, in the different countries. In Germany, noble houses, merchants and other free citizens were allowed to have a coat of arms, where in most of the rest of Europe, it was restricted to the Noble Houses.

In the British Isles, coat of arms usage was strictly upheld and given only to individuals. These were awarded by the King and lesser rulers under the King’s auspices, usually for service or recognition of status under a particular King’s authority. These coats of arms were inherited but had to be changed each time to reflect the status of the new owner and how he related to the original individual. The designs used have been kept very traditional through the centuries and tell a story that can be read by anyone who has a grasp of the language of Heraldry.

Coats of Arms were awarded and were a great honor to receive especially when they were first used in the early centuries of their existence. It told a story of a person’s journey of earning his title, his lands and his deeds. Every element on those shields has meaning, even down to what the viewer’s eye sees only as a dot; even the colors used tell a story. Families would take those shields and pass them down, remembering the original owner and their mighty deeds, able to tell that person’s story from what was portrayed on it and would adapt it as their own by adding or deleting a detail. This language of heraldry was able, with a single symbol, to tell who had bestowed the honor upon the person and if it was the simple hallmark of a minor lord who acted as a landlord for the local Baron or a reward from the King Himself for exemplary service to the King. A knight’s shield could tell the story of an important battle in which he had distinguished himself and earned the King’s gratitude.

Since pictures were more easily decoded than the written word for generations, most knew when they stood in the presence of a Duke or a Baron’s guardsman by simply looking at the crest on the shield. They could easily read the awards, the rank and where that person had been in battle and won his recognition by studying the designs of an individual knight or lord. And many, who may have been illiterate in written word, would know immediately who stood in front of them simply by studying the coat of arms displayed on uniform and shield.

Today, many families still desire to find a coat of arms in their family’s history and may no longer have one being passed down through their family as generations separate them from the time of the King’s recognition or their ancestor of more ancient times and their recognized accomplishments. The fact that these shields changed with each generation has also made it hard for people to know which shield belonged to their particular ancestor especially if several countries are involved. Genealogy research is very popular now with the ease of the internet and it is easy to latch on to a particular coat of arms with no real basis of knowing if that is the one of your own ancestors. Our sense of wanting to belong to our history is very much alive and needed in our transient world.

Some families and individuals continue today to create their own coat of arms. Those who participate in re-enactments often design their own shields and as a company that supports this, we often see patterns that fascinate us as the imagination and artistry that first created these emblems continues its own tradition in the hearts and minds of the modern generation. Families take the elements from older shields and design their more contemporary interpretations of past generations. Although less traditional and not awarded, these creations are no less important to those who own them, as it is a symbol of who they are now, as a family and as an individual. It appears that the tradition and the need to record individual deeds and family solidarity remains the same even after a thousand years of use and is just as fascinating as its earlier counterparts.

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Our collection of medieval shields, custom family and court crests is the largest available anywhere. We stock over 35 different styles of shields and can custom design anything for you. No family crest design is too complex. Battle ready shields are also available for combat re-enactments and clubs. We welcome SCA members ideas and input to further develop our product line.
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