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Visor reinforce
  • Visor reinforce
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly Innsbruck
  • mid 16th century
  • Steel, etched.
  • Weight: 0.37 kg
  • A201
  • European Armoury I
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  • Reinforcing plate for the visor of a close-helmet, designed to cover the face-guard or upper bevor. It has a semi-circular notch on the left side to accommodate the latch, and is embossed in two places on the other side to cover the securing straps; the border is etched with a band of scrolled foliage on a granulated and blackened ground.

    This type of reinforce was probably worn with a type of wrapper which was fitted with its own gorget-plates, and was extended upwards to cover the visor pivots. Armours on which both pieces survive are for instance the garniture of Francis I of France (1539-40) and the 'eagle' garniture of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, dated 1547, both by Jörg Seusenhofer of Innsbruck (respectively inv. nos. B147 and 638 in the Hofjagd -und Rüstkammer, Vienna).