The Wallace Collection

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  • Shaffron
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1510
  • Medium-carbon steel, hardened through full-quenching and tempering, embossed
  • Weight: 1.72 kg
  • A350
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Shaffron, made in two main parts. The forehead is prominently embossed with rounded flutes on a raised, boxed panel; faceted ear-guards with scalloped edges, riveted on. The centre is pierced with a hole for the missing rondel or escutcheon. A fragment of a strap near the left ear survives. The lower plate is joined to the upper by a horizontal row of rivets and is embossed down the middle with a series of knobs, and relieved with triple lines of fluting arranged chevronwise on either side, the lower edge turned over on a wire; three hinges of steel for side-plates remain. There are also unusual truncated flutes on the brow. These could represent the horse's forelock, however, similar truncated flutes occur on the lower part of some Italian breastplates of the period, such as Royal Armouries inv. no. III.1087 (Dufty and Reid 1968, pI. CXII lower left).