Suits of Armor in the Modern World
Once upon a time, a suit of plate armor was something reserved solely for knights. Not only was this due to the knight's social status, but also due to the cost of creating such armor. Each suit was made for a specific wearer, fitted perfectly to his proportions. As mass-production did not exist at the time, each element of the armor had to be handmade to suit the wearer. Of course, such armor today continues to carry prestige, historical interest and can be somewhat costly, but suits of armor are also still widely used today.
What are suits of armor used for in the modern world? While they certainly no longer play a role in defending military personnel, suits of plate armor can be found in numerous places. You will find them within the homes of the extremely wealthy, and you will also find them in the offices of corporate CEOs. Even the average person might have a suit of armor on display in their home, as these are excellent ways to add to the décor of a home.
Often, suits of armor are displayed within an entryway, but more modern consumers are choosing to use them in their den, their entertainment rooms or their family rooms. In addition to the incredible beauty and the tie to history and heritage offered by armor, such a suit can be a great conversation piece, especially if it is historically accurate, or even authentic. Suits of armor can be combined with medieval weapons, such as swords, spears, halberds and other elements, as well as with a family's coat of arms.
In addition, suits of armor have become more affordable with the passing years. Today, you can find these sets for a fraction of the price they once commanded, thanks to the advent of mass production. However, if you handcrafted design is your desire, you can find armorers style plying their trade (though you can expect to pay more for these suits).
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