The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Partial armour
  • Partial armour
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1610
  • Steel and leather, etched
  • Weight: 11.42 kg, total weight
  • A56
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Unlike Wallace Collection inv. nos. A54 and A55, which are cavalry armours, this one is an infantry armour. A54 and A55 are both missing their leg armour, but A56 never had any– it was always intended to be worn as a ‘half-armour’. The cuirass is much thinner and lighter, has no holes for a lance-rest, and the pauldrons are symmetrical. Overall the quality is much lower than either of the other two, with shallow, crude etching and no embossed cabling or other detail. The tassets are not articulated, multi-plate constructions as are those of A54 and A55, but have instead been made quickly in one piece and then etched to simulate the appearance of overlapping lames.

    The helmet is a simple cap-like cabasset, of the type produced in huge numbers throughout the 16th century and well into the 17th century for use by pikemen, halberdiers and other infantry.