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Greave with integral sabaton
  • Greave with integral sabaton
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1560
  • Iron or steel
  • Weight: 1.275 kg
  • A298
  • European Armoury I
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  • Left greave with integral sabaton, a pair with A299. The greave is made in two parts, front and back, fastened on the outer side by two hinges, and by two studs on the inner. Sabaton of nine lames. Four of these overlap downwards, one (larger) is the middle plate, and four, including the toe-cap, overlap upwards. The toe is rounded and the moulding of the leg is good. In the centre of the heel is a hole for the spur, with a raised washer or nut riveted on the inside. The sneck-hooks locking the snap-over pins holding the greaves closed are missing. At the top of the rear plate is a small hole for a hook formerly holding down the strap of the poleyn. A dome-headed rivet outside the leg and a turning-pin inside originally held the poleyn in position. The lower edge of the sabaton bears traces of a sunk band etched with foliage and fire-gilt which has been largely ground away.

    A298-9 were formerly associated with the cuirassier armour A65 but being some sixty years earlier in date have now been removed.