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Demi-shaffron
  • Demi-shaffron
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Medium-carbon steel, air-cooled, canvas and leather, embossed and etched
  • Weight: 1.19 kg
  • A355
  • European Armoury I
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  • Demi-shaffron, composed of six pieces and a poll-plate. The ear- and eye-guards attached by means of rivets, the poll-plate by hinges of steel; a four-sided spike projects from a circular, fluted escutcheon etched with imbrications. The borders are etched with sunk bands of running foliage on an obliquely hatched ground in the Italian manner, and rows of round-headed rivets, the edges turned under and lightly roped; it is divided down the middle with a hollow embossed roping. The nose ends as a fleur-de-lys; the poll-plate is pierced with two keyhole slots and one circular hole for attachment to the crinet. Fragments of the canvas lining-band and the leathers for attaching the shaffron to the horse survive.