The Wallace Collection

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Full armour
  • Full armour
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1540
  • Steel, leather and paint, embossed
  • Weight: 2.182 kg, helmet
    Weight: 2.02 g, gorget
    Weight: 4.36 kg, breastplate and tassets
    Weight: 2.48 kg, backplate
    Weight: 1.28 kg, pauldron (left)
    Weight: 0.81 kg, pauldron (right)
    Weight: 1.33 kg, vambrace (left)
    Weight: 1.4 kg, vambrace (right)
    Weight: 0.55 kg, gauntlet (left)
    Weight: 0.49 kg, gauntlet (right)
    Weight: 0.71 kg, cuisse (left)
    Weight: 0.73 kg, cuisse (right)
    Weight: 1.71 kg, greave and sabaton (left)
    Weight: 1.7 kg, greave and sabaton (right)
    Weight: 0.175 kg, besagew
  • A33
  • European Armoury II
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  • This armour is not sufficiently distinct stylistically to be attributable to any one area or place of manufacture within the German Lands. The decoration is understated but executed to a decent standard, comprising bands and borders filled with lines of overlapping embossed scales, a form of ornament popularly throughout Germany. In its essential form it is a fairly standard field armour of the middle of the 16th century, with most of the parts being original and belonging together apart from the helmet, which is from a different armour and has been reworked, apparently in the 19th century. The original head-piece would probably have been a close-helmet. The lance-rest, tassets, greaves and sabatons are also modern restorations.