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Here’s ar­mourer Gra­ham Ash­ford in two guises: on the left, wield­ing the 1918 ham­mer he uses in his forge – the Green­leaf Work­shop in Hamp­shire – and on the right as an English knight circa 1360.

He made the vi­sored bascinet and the gauntlets from steel dec­o­rated with brass. Mak­ing ar­mour for his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ments was Gra­ham’s long-time hobby, be­fore a grant from the Queen El­iz­a­beth Schol­ar­ship Trust [QEST] en­abled him to study with a master ar­mourer. In 2008 he went full-time, mak­ing be­spoke pieces for col­lec­tors. ‘Ev­ery­thing I cre­ate with an anvil and ham­mer out­lasts any­thing I was do­ing in an of­fice,’ he says.

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