The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550 - c. 1590
  • Steel
  • Weight: 2 kg
  • A348
  • European Armoury II
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  • Shield for the joust at the tilt in the German style, shaped closely to the form of the left shoulder and chest, of bright steel, with applied trelliswork of narrow bars; the upper part is pierced with three large holes for the breastplate screws, each hole bearing two, three or four round punch marks, to match the holes to the bolts, all of which would be hand-threaded and thus not interchangeable.

    The trelliswork was designed to help prevent the opponent's lance from skating dangerously across the body after the initial impact. Retaining the striking lance-head within or near the first impact point maintained safety while also ensuring that the lances struck well.