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Shaffron
  • Shaffron
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • probably 19th century
  • Iron or steel, textile and copper alloy
  • Weight: 2.55 kg
  • A351
  • European Armoury I
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  • Shaffron, complete with cheek-pieces, ear- and eye-guards, riveted to the main parts so that it envelops the horse's head; a poll-plate is hinged to the top. Roped en torsade down the centre. The ear-guards tulip-shaped; the hole for the central rondel or escutcheon has been filled in. A feature is the prominent eye-guards with sharply engrailed edges; the main borders are turned over wires. Brass-capped lining rivets, two buckles and portions of the lining band remain.

    The proportions of this piece are so extraordinary that it is difficult to imagine that it would fit any horse. Its construction, however, is of a reasonable quality.