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Brigandine is an armor that was made of plates of steel. The plates were overlapping and they were attached by rivets to garment that was made of cloth or leather. The plates were covered with tin to prevent them from rusting and also ruining the garment. The plates were usually on the inside and only the rivet heads were on the outside. The rivet heads were often gilded. The brigandine was used in Europe between 13th and 15th centuries. It was also used in the East for a longer period of time.

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