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Reinforcing breastplate
  • Reinforcing breastplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1510
  • Steel
  • Weight: 2.85 kg
  • A209
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Reinforcing breastplate, globose in form, the right side cut away for the passage of the lance-rest, the middle pierced with three pairs of holes, arranged vertically. The lower holes in the breast are for attaching it to the breastplate, and the upper ones probably for attaching the reinforcing buff. It is boldly flanged below the waist and carries a skirt of two widely-splayed plates, the bottom one arched in the centre.

    Compare the reinforces for the armour of Andreas Graf Sonnenberg at Vienna (A310; Thomas & Gamber, Katalog der Leibrüstkammer, I, 1976, pp. 220-1). This was made by Kolman Helmschmid before 1511, the date of the count's death. A comparable reinforce with its buffe can be seen in the watercolour drawing of an armoury in the Kupferstichkabinett of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg (No. H.B.2536/Kapsel 1254; Norman, J.A.A.S., VII, Pl. XLV).