The Wallace Collection

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Lance-rest
  • Lance-rest
  • Wolfgang Grosschedel (1517 - 1562)
  • Landshut, Germany
  • c. 1554 - 1558
  • Iron, etched and gilt
  • Weight: 0.17 kg
  • A228
  • European Armoury II
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  • Lance-rest, the foot-plate pierced with four round holes for bolting to the breastplate, the hinged arm flanged with a spring-loaded locking-lever on the underside. It is etched and gilt with the wavy design of the armours of King Philip II of Spain and his son Prince Don Carlos, known as 'de ondas e de nubes' or 'Cloud Bands' garnitures (Madrid, Real Armeria, A243-62; A274-6) to which it belongs and which was made by Wolfgang and Franz Grosschedel of Landshut in 1554-8. The object's small size suggests that it comes from the teenage prince's armour, which is also now missing its lance-rest.