"Restoration is often just a big word
for repair, so please don’t hesitate to contact me for the
small stuff too".
Like the small restoration projects shown on this page.
The small jobs are usually a pleasure, as they are always a nice
break from the big projects.
As time goes by I am lucky enough to handle more and more period
pieces. Sometimes this is a lesson in how far as an armourer I
have yet to develop as sometimes the workmanship making up a period
piece is astounding, then other times when working on plain blackened
munitions grade armour it is a lesson on how we shouldn’t
all be so fussy and worry so much about rivet placing of following
too uniformly to a lame edge when embossing a border line. But
in any case, it is all about the detail in my workshop. I pride
myself on sympathetic restoration work, ultimately resulting in
a finished piece with an overall harmonious appearance.
“I found working with Nigel very rewarding.
In explaining to readers the problems fighting men faced on an
English Civil War battlefield I had to find a non-technical, highly
practical but also an entertaining approach. The logistics underlying
the opposing armies’ operations were intimately linked with
arms manufacture, and the design of helmets and armour was governed
by the real requirements of active service. The professionalism,
knowledge and enthusiasm Nigel brought to clarifying the problems
and demonstrating the solutions led to picture and caption sequences
that are as interesting as they are informative. I am in his debt.”
Martin F. Marix Evans , Military Historian & Author Chairman
of the Naseby Battlefield Project
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests
at all, whether you’re considering having a missing
arm harness recreated to make up a complete suit, or you just
need a missing gauntlet thumb replaced, simply click on my contact
page, and I will do the rest.
Click here for my contact page
Thank you for your interest, I look forward to our talking in the
“A fantastic restoration… I am looking
but I can’t tell”.
Dave Allen, Private collector
“I greatly enjoyed visiting you at your
workshop yesterday. I find the whole business of armour construction
fascinating so it was a real pleasure to see a true craftsman at
John Kliene , Photographer for Osprey publishing
“Thank you again for all of your efforts on our behalf.
The armour looks fantastic in the exhibition… I am sure
you will agree, it was all worth it!”
Diana Morley, Imperial War Museum London
“Great work, finished to a very high standard”.
Eric Slyter, The Arador Armour Library
Anything at all can be recreated, it’s all quite simply
down to time, and therefore ultimately your budget. All I need
are a few clues re; period, style and finish and whether the piece
is for wear or display, and I will happily do the rest, and trawl
through my extensive library and provide images of exactly what
it is I think you are aiming for, and as the famous quote by King
Maximillian I to his armourer (below) clearly illustrates, I am
at your disposal.
“Arm me according to my own wishes, for it is I not you
who will take part in the tournament!”
King Maximillian I to court armourer Conrad
My method statement is best illustrated by a quote by the greatest
writer on the subject:
“For the study of ancient armour to be successfully pursued,
it is of primary importance that a careful examination be made
of every existing specimen within our reach… Every rivet-hole
and rivet in a piece must be studied, and its use and object thought
Charles Ffoulkes 1909