The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Streiftartsche
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1490
  • Steel, fluted
  • Weight: 1.56 kg
  • A301
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Left 'Streiftartsche', for the 'Rennen', of elegant form. Broad and slightly convex, roughly circular in outline and intended to protect the thigh when the wearer was mounted. The upper edge is concave, and is turned outwards to form a stop-rib of triangular section. The surface is embossed with whorled fluting radiating from a flat circle near the knee. Round the edge are round-headed rivets to which the lining was attached.

    A lithograph of the Gothic equestrian armour A21, obtained by the Baron de Cosson when he saw it in Pickert's hands in 1868, shows this piece carried on the left arm as a shield.
    An interesting feature A301 is that the laying-out lines of the fluting visible in the inside of the plate differ in part from the finished design.