The Wallace Collection

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Breastplate
  • Breastplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Germany
  • c. 1540
  • Steel
  • Weight: 2.99 kg
  • A211
  • European Armoury I
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  • Breastplate, strongly ridged down the middle and projecting in a salient curve. The upper edge and the gussets are flanged and boldly roped; the latter are attached by sliding rivets. It is pierced on the right side with two holes for a lance-rest and has two buckles at the top; the borders are decorated with a V-shaped frieze and similar channels at the arm-holes (compare to the gauntlets A267-8, and armour A36). The flanged waist-plate overlaps the breastplate and supports a skirt of one lame, the edge channelled, roped en suite, and shaped as two curves parted in the centre. The upper edge of both plates is cut at the centre to the profile of a bracket.

    The skirt is constructed so that the tassets could be hung from the inside, a feature of many of the Brunswick-Saxon group of armours. A plain half-armour of this type with burgonet and falling buff was sold at Sotheby's in 1941 (see Skelton, Pl. XXII).