The couter (also spelled "cowter") is the defense for the elbow in a piece of plate armour. Initially just a curved piece of metal, as plate armor progressed the couter became an articulated joint. Couters were popular by the 1320s.[1]

In fighting reenactment groups such as the Society for Creative Anachronism, a couter/cowter is often called an elbow cop.

See also


  1. Oakeshott 1996, p. 285.


  • Oakeshott, R. Ewart (1996) [1960]. The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0486292885.

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