The Wallace Collection

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Cuisse
  • Cuisse
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1630
  • Steel
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Inscription: 'No. 1' In red paint
  • A295
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cuisse from a cuirassier armour, from the same armour series as A296. Comprised of eleven lames in all (including the knee), the edge of the uppermost plate turned over but not roped. The broad poleyn has a pointed side-wing (restored). There are two steel buckles at the outer edge for straps to pass round the leg. The piece appears to have been attached to the tasset (or breeches) with straps at the top instead of by the usual hooks or turning-pins. The sixth lame is incised with double lines meeting in a point. Not an exact pair with A296, but probably both formed part of a series in the same arsenal.

    A295 and A296 are both much altered and contain re-used earlier plates. Neither top lame is probably original in this form. Both cuisses are marked inside in red paint 'No. 1'.