Supplanting the earlier kite shields around 1250, heater shields were the primary battlefield accompaniment of knights throughout the latter Middle Ages.
T his high-quality reproduction is:
Hand-painted by expert craftsmen.
The shield features a grey field highlighted by a red cross emblematic of the Knights Templars.
Starting off decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation for easy identification on a busy battlefield, medieval shield designs eventually developed into systematized heraldic devices during high-medieval times.
The shape of the "heater" shield itself came to define the escutcheon, the shield used in a coat-of-arms.