Inspired by the image of a Chinese silk archers sleeve from Edo period Japan 1603-1867, a treasured piece within the museum and noted for its remarkable craftsmanship and intricacy.
The Chinese silk brocade is lined with pale blue hemp. These sleeves were worn on the left arm to protect the clothing from rub of the bowstring when practising archery. It has a cord and toggles to fasten it at the wrist and long ties to fasten under the right arm.
With the appointment of Nicholas Merbury as master of the King's Ordnance in the early part of the 15th century, the Royal Armouries commenced its role as the standard setter for arms and armour in this country.
This pride and heritage extends to the Royal Armouries products, inspired by our collections and our special place in Britain's history.