The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Partial armour
  • Partial armour
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1540 - 1550
  • Medium-carbon steel, air-cooled, and leather
  • Weight: 18.095 kg, total weight
  • Armourer's mark: Nuremberg city mark
    Mark: Four dots
  • A35
  • European Armoury III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Although it is somewhat composite, with pauldrons and vambraces probably made in Innsbruck married to a cuirass from Nuremberg, this armour is a good overall example of the sort of military armours which were produced in very large numbers in south Germany, for both domestic use and for export. The fact that the cuirass of this armour at least was once part of a large series is implied by the serial marks on the breastplate and tassets. The breastplate is numbered ‘4’, by means of four punched dots arranged in a square, while the tassets are marked ‘2’ according to the same convention. Originally therefore, the tassets belonged to a different but probably almost identical breastplate, which would have carried a matching number.

    The vambraces are well-made examples, and noteably include flanges at the base of the main couter plate designed to prevent hyper-extension of the wearer’s elbow joints in combat.