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Demi-shaffron and crinet
  • Demi-shaffron and crinet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580
  • Steel, canvas and leather
  • Weight: 1.53 kg, half shaffron
    Weight: 3.7 kg, crinet
  • A362
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Demi-shaffron and crinet. The shaffron is made of bright steel with flanged eye-guards made from the same piece as the main plate, and trefoil-shaped lower edge in front; the ear-guards are riveted onto the main plate; the poll-plate (attached by leather straps) is pierced with two holes for the spring-pin on the first lame of the crinet; conical spike of octagonal section (possibly modern) in the centre of the forehead; the edges all turned under, roped and bordered with steel-headed rivets. The shaffron still retains its original canvas lining-bands and the straps and buckles by which it was secured to the horse.

    Crinet of eleven skeleton lames articulated on three longitudinal leathers; there is a strap and buckle on the third and ninth lames respectively, for fastening it to the horse's neck. All except the last lame are pierced on either side. These additional holes in the edges of the lames suggest that there was once a broader articulating strap in this area or that the crinet was formerly fully lined. The top lame has a spring-pin to engage the poll-plate, the lowest furnished with two buckles; the edge at the withers is strongly turned under, closely roped and accompanied by a sunken border, V- shaped in the middle.

    There is a very similar crinet in the Royal Armouries (nos. VI.56 and VI.67; Dufty and Reid, 1968, pl. CXLVII); another very similar crinet and shaffron were in the Meyrick Collection (Skelton, 1830, II, pl. CXXIX, fig. 3, and pl. CXXVIII, fig. 10 respectively); yet another was exhibited at Marksburg bei Braubach/Rhein in 1962, as No. 13.