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Title Maximilian stirrups, fluted wrought iron
Nationality German/Austrian
Period c 1510
Sold

This is a classic pair of early 16th-century stirrups, made en suite for a fluted Maximilian armour of the era. Remarkably few of these seem to have survived, in private collections at any rate. They were probably made at Innsbruck, or just possibly at Graz, so, strictly speaking, of Austrian rather than German origin.

They have a polished iron finish, with patches of dark patina, the stirrup swivels having a russet finish. The interior finish is blackened overall. They do not appear to have been machine polished. They measure 21 cm high by 14 cm wide.

Similar pairs can be seen at the Wallace Collection in London, the Met in New York, the Zeughaus in Graz and the Hoffburg Waffen Samlung in Vienna.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Horse Furniture : Stirrups : Austrian : 16th Century]

testimonials

The buckle arrived today, thanks for the fast dispatch, a nice addition to my collection

L M, Channel Islands, 09.04.2016

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

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