The Wallace Collection

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  • Cuirass
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1600
  • Steel and copper alloy, engraved
  • Weight: 0.93 kg, breastplate
    Weight: 1.12 kg
  • Mark: two strokes at right angles and a dot
  • A227
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cuirass for a boy, polished bright, with central ridge, slightly peascod in shape, the edges of neck and armpits turned over, roped, and accompanied by an engraved line, the bottom flanged and roped but not turned under; in the lower part are two pairs of brass-capped rivets, and on the flange is a row of flush-headed steel rivets for the lining band. The pairs of holes on each side of the lower part were intended for hinges for tassets. The flange on the inner side bears two strokes at right angles and a dot roughly executed, possibly an arsenal mark.
    The backplate is similar, the edges slightlroped; the base flanged, recessed in the centre and bordered with brass-headed rivets; a pair of large, rosette-headed rivets remain on either side, and a small brass buckle on either shoulder.
    A similar cuirass is depicted in a painting by Sebastian Bourdon of a guard in the Musée de Picardie, Amiens (exhib. Royal Academy, 1958, No. 11).