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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 19th century
  • Steel, copper, leather, velvet, gold and copper alloy, gilded, chased and embossed
  • Diameter: 56.5 cm
    Weight: 3.98 kg
  • A323
  • European Armoury II
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  • Circular and convex shield, with a narrow plain border set with round headed brass rivets for the lining strap; the edge turned under and roped. Carries a short, cone-shaped spike of copper-gilt. It is embossed in the centre with an armed horseman holding a shield to which an armorial bearing in copper has been applied and which forms the base of the spike; landscape background; the whole surface is embossed in low relief and finely chased. Encircling the principle subject is an inner border at intervals, six applied plaques of gilt copper: three are oval and are embossed and are gilt with mythological subjects: Granymede, the Death of Marcus Porcius, Cato of Utica, and Jason overcoming the Dragon; the other three are smaller and contain half length figures of two commanders and musketeer in the costume of the time, the intervals filled with trophies and filled trophies of arms and scrolls. The back retains its original leather lining quilted with a scale pattern; it is bordered with a velvet fringe and furnished with straps for the arm and hand. The incomplete oval shield in the centre is charged with a fesse, bendy in base.

    Although the gilt copper plaques around the rim are of early seventeenth-century date, the shield itself is the product of nineteenth-century romanticism.
    The soldiers resemble the engravings in the manner of Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617). The idea of decorating an iron shield with brass plaques in this way might have been taken from a round target and a burgonet in the old Electoral Armoury at Dresden (inv. nos. 142-3; Haenel, 1923, pI. 33, Schobel 1975, pls. 31 and 32).