The Wallace Collection

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Breastplate
  • Breastplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Steel, etched
  • Weight: 2.73 kg
  • A213
  • European Armoury II
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  • Breastplate, long-waisted, with central ridge; the neck and gussets at the armpits are strongly flanged and notched, the gussets working on sliding rivets and cut off at both ends to allow for extensions of the breastplate at the sides; the lower edge flanged to take a skirt, the right side pierced with five holes for the lance-rest. The shoulders are each pierced by a key-hole slot for the attachment of the backplate. On each side, below the arm opening, is a horizontal row of three holes, alternative positions for the stud on each side of the backplate. It is decorated with five sunken bands etched with grotesque monsters and conventional foliage on a granulated ground, now cleaned bright. The etched bands have toothed edges.

    The etching has clearly been retouched. The execution of the granular ground is original but very weak.