The Wallace Collection

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Partial armour
  • Partial armour
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580 - c. 1590
  • Steel and copper alloy, etched, and embossed
  • Weight: 16.32 kg, total weight
  • A55
  • European Armoury II
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  • Like A54, this armour, also missing its leg defences, was designed for heavy cavalry combat on the Renaissance battlefield. Unlike A54 however, this one retains a close-helmet of the correct form for fully armoured horsemen. Overall this armour is of a lower quality than A54; the etching is shallower and of a poorer quality, and while it also displays some embossed cabling, it is not nearly so bold and well-defined. Armours like this one were purchased in large numbers by noblemen needing to outfit whole squadrons of cavalry at the same time. Therefore it made good commercial sense for Italian armourers to develop methods of decoration which would give an impression of richness from a distance but which could also be produced quickly and comparatively cheaply.