The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Cuisse
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel and copper alloy, embossed and etched
  • Weight: 0.59 kg
  • A294
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cuisse, a pair with A293. Composed of a single plate, the upper edge turned over and roped. The knee has a small oval side-wing, and is articulated by means of two lames above and below, the lowest and longer lame is finished with a roped edge. The central band and borders are decorated with etched ornament in the so-called 'Pisan' style, consisting of pieces of armour, urns and monsters on a granulated ground between lines of guilloche pattern. The border at the top of each cuisse is emphasized by an embossed inner line lightly roped.

    Designed to be worn without greaves. Twenty-nine lance-armours with cuisses and poleyns like A293-4 are in the collection formed at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, in the middle of the nineteenth century.