The Wallace Collection

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Full armour
  • Full armour
  • Anton Peffenhauser (c. 1525 - 1603) , Armourer
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel and copper alloy, pierced
  • Weight: 25.58 kg, total weight
  • Mark: Single dot
    Mark: Three crescents
    Mark: Three dots
    Armourer's mark: Triskele
    Mark: Augsburg guild mark
    Mark: Pair of dots Punched
    Mark: Pearled 'A'
    Mark: Trefoil
  • A45
  • European Armoury III
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  • Like the closely similar composite armour A44, this assembly is made up of parts for different forms of combat made in the workshop of the Augsburg master armourer Anton Peffenhauser. Overall this armour is largely homogeneous- many of the parts carry the same serial marks, indicating that they belong together. The present figure does however combine parts which would not originally have been worn together. Like A44, in its general appearance A45 portrays an armour for the free tourney, although the helmet is of the specific form worn only in foot combat at the barriers. Such dismounted tournaments were fought with spears and swords over a waist-high fence to prevent grappling. The barriers helmet is thus quite strongly built, but worn detached from the gorget to retain full freedom of movement for the head, with the neck protected by articulated plates hanging down from the helmet front and back.