The Wallace Collection

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Couter
  • Couter
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1480 - c. 1510 (the ridges and pointed defence for the occiput)
    c. 1510 (the defense for the inside of the joint)
  • Low-carbon steel
  • Weight: 0.793 kg, Poldermitton tendon-guard
    Weight: 0.79 kg, Couter fragment
  • A280
  • European Armoury I
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  • Couter for the right elbow, a modern composite, consisting of (a) a ridged and pointed defence of the fifteenth century for the occiput (the upper part extended by having an addition riveted to it, but continuing the moulding); and (b) a defence for the inside of the joint (part of a poldermitton of a jousting armour of c.1510), with fan-shaped fluting on the outer side, the edge scalloped and chamfered.
    These two pieces were formerly on the right arm of the Gothic equestrian armour A21, and have been removed as incongruous. But, like it, they probably came from Hohenaschau.