The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Cuisse
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, etched and embossed
  • Weight: 1.07 kg
  • A291
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cuisse, a pair with A292. Formed of a single plate, the upper edge turned over and boldly roped. The poleyn is prominently embossed with triple roping down the middle, oval side-wing with a sharp V-shaped indentation, the edge turned under and roped. It is articulated twice above and three times below the knee, the lowest plate being longer and finished with a strong roped turn-over.
    Decorated with a central band and borders filled with scattered pieces of armour, urns, etc., etched on a granulated ground in the so-called 'Pisan' style; the borders of the small plate of the knee are etched with scrollwork. The borders of the main plates are accentuated by an embossed and roped inner line. Modern brass-headed rivets.

    The plates are numbered inside by means of four file cuts along their edges indicating to which armour they belonged, as well as by Roman numerals indicating the order in which the plates were to be assembled. These are for wear without greaves. Carlo Vecelli in his 'De gli habiti antiche e moderni di diversi Marti del mondo', published in Venice in 1590, illustrates a light cavalryman armed with a lance wearing a complete armour with a close-helmet, but without greaves or sabatons.