The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Equestrian armour
  • Equestrian armour
  • Possibly Ulrich Rämbs , Armourer
  • Germany, partially Landshut
  • c. 1480
    1800 - 1899 (gauntlets)
  • Iron, low- and medium-carbon steels, leather, felt, canvas, wood and copper alloy, fluted, pierced, chiselled, etched, punched, embossed and engraved
  • Weight: 27.161 kg, Total for man's armour
    Weight: 30.07 kg, Total for horse's armour
    Weight: 10.17 kg, Total for mail
  • Armourer's mark: Two marks, one of them is the guild mark of Landshut
    Armourer's mark: A hat, the mark of the Bavarian city of Landshut
  • A21
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Though probably assembled and partly restored in the nineteenth century, this impressive display serves to show something of the splendour and elegance of the German ‘Gothic’ style of armour, with fluted surfaces and boldly cusped borders. This ‘field’ armour (i.e. armour for war) is recorded as having come from the Castle of Hohenaschau in the Tyrol, dynastic home of the von Freyberg family, whose armoury was dispersed in the early 1860s. Fifteenth-century plate armour is of the greatest rarity; although in this case that for the man is heavily composite, the horse armour (barding) is relatively homogenous and is in remarkably good condition.