The Wallace Collection

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  • Vamplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Augsburg, Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel, copper alloy
  • Diameter: 28 cm
    Diameter: 6.8 cm, lance opening
    Weight: 0.69 kg
  • Armourer's mark: The Augsburg guild mark Stamped
  • A345
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Vamplate, designed to be mounted on a lance of war or for one of the lighter types of joust, of plain steel in the usual form, undecorated apart from the outer circumference which has been chamfered with large, bevelled facets (or notches). Brass-capped rivets, for the attachment of the lining bands, indicate that this piece once had a padded lining to help protect the hand and shoulder from the shock of impact. The central aperture for the lance is formed to fit around a fluted lance. Stamped with the Augsburg city mark.