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Title Siege breast plate
Nationality Italian
Period c 1570
Sold

I believe that this is an Italian siege breastplate, modified by the addition of a lance rest to simulate a piece of tilting equipment/field armour. Siege armours would never have had such a gadget. It weighs approx. 5 kilos, far heavier than any field plate. Siege armour was always heavy to protect the wearer from shell splinters and musket balls.

This would have been worn with a backplate and helmet of corresponding weight, the whole ensemble over a buff coat.

Its condition is excellent for its age, with a large striation/forging fault at the base of the plate. It is typical of 16th-century armour, inasmuch as the edges of the arm pit and neck are rolled to the front over iron wire.

There is a black preservative finish on the reverse.

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


[Militaria : Armour : Italian : 16th Century]

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S W, UK, 10.01.2013

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G D, UK, 29.01.2012

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