The Wallace Collection

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Cuirass
  • Cuirass
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy
  • Height: 40.6 cm
    Weight: 9.21 kg
  • A226
  • European Armoury III
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  • 'Waistcoat' cuirass, of plain peascod form, made in two halves opening down the centre like a buttoned doublet. It is fastened by a hook-and-eye near the top and at the bottom. There are no gussets and the plates are carried high up to the neck rendering a gorget unnecessary. Below the waist it ends in a flange over the hips. All edges are turned over, roped and bordered with single incised lines set about 3/4 inch from the edge. Down the edge of the overlapping plate is a row of rosette-shaped, brass-headed rivets simulating buttons. These, like the lining rivets, are modern. The backplate has two rectangular slots cut on the shoulders on either side of the neck-opening to take the straps of the pauldrons. Like the breast, it is flanged at the base, has roped edges, and a vertical incised line running down the spine.

    The breastplate is of great weight and has been proved with firearms, which have left slight circular dents, one on the right and four on the left. At the neck and on either side of the joint of the flange at the waist, three dots have been punched in triangular formation. On the backplate four similar dots in lozenge formation are punched at the top and the bottom.