The Wallace Collection

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Falling buffe
  • Falling buffe
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Steel
  • Weight: 0.725 kg
  • A198
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Falling buffe, of four lames, designed to be worn with a burgonet: the uppermost is pierced with two horizontal slits for sight and is strongly boxed outwards below; all (except the bottom lame) are pierced on the right side with key-shaped slots, and on the left with circular holes, in groups of three, for ventilation; the three upper lames are held in position by spring-catches; at the sides are rivets with rosette-shaped washers. A strap and brass buckle for attachment remains.
    Below are attached two gorget-plates: the bottom one has a sunk border and roped edge, set with brass-headed rivets.

    Compare this piece to the falling buffe on the helmet of the Wallace Collection equestrian armour A29 and for similar workmanship, the bevor on the associated helmet A199.