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Falling buffe
  • Falling buffe
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Steel
  • Weight: 1.36 kg
  • Mark: Nuremberg guild mark
  • A195
  • European Armoury III
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  • Falling buffe, of large size and good quality, designed to be fixed to the top of the breastplate by means of a staple with a locking-pin (compare to Wallace Collection A35); it is formed of one main plate shaped to the chin and covering the face, with the addition of an upper one pivoted at the sides and held in position by a spring-catch, turned over and roped at the top. The spring-loaded press-stud holding up the upper plate is on the right side. It is pierced with sloping, S-shaped, and round holes; the large lower plate is embossed with a strong band of hollow, close-set roping to fit over the upper edge of the breastplate; below this is a square hole for the staple. Stamped with the Nuremberg guild mark.