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Title Peascod breastplate
Nationality European
Period c 1570

This is a munition armour breastplate of the last half of the 16th century, carried throughout Europe and normally worn with a half armour, ie breast- and backplate and tassets. Typically worn at battles like Lepanto (1570), the great Christian victory against the Ottomans, and throughout the Spanish campaign in the Netherlands (late 16th century).

This particular example has had extensive patching (for instance, along the edges under the arms on both sides, where there had been substantial rust damage) carried out in the 1950s by an armourer working at the Tower of London in the traditional manner (ie rivetted rather than welded repairs). It weighs approximately 2 kilos.

'Peascod = variation of doublet (clothing)
The height and narrowness of the waist varied from country to country, as did the materials, which included rich fabrics such as velvet, satin, and cloth of gold. An extreme fashion, the peascod, or goose-bellied doublet, came to England from Holland in the 1570s; it was padded to a point at the waist and swelled out over the girdle. It survives in the traditional costume of Punch.'
Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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[Militaria : Armour : European : 16th Century]


Just to let you know that the kukri arrived today safe and sound, many thanks for sending it so quickly. I'm more than pleased with this kukri, I'm so glad I spotted it on your website as I don't think I've ever seen another one like it for sale anywhere.

Once again many thanks and I hope to do business with you again in the future.

D D, UK, 11.10.2014

Pot arrived in good shape, thanks for your assistance.

it is a pleasure dealing with you and I hope this is one of many dealings.

B N, USA, 18.02.2012