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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Suit of half armour. North Italian (Milan)

16th Century

This type of armour was intended for parade on foot but was also used for tournaments with blunt spears and swords fought over a barrier. In this case the open morion or as it is more commonly known 'helmet' would have been replaced by a stout close helmet decorated to match. The surfaces of the armour are etched in relief and gilt with bands of two different patterns.


At the neck of the breastplate is a small castle. This castle etched on the breastplate is thought to be the mark of a Milanese armourer. Underneath the armour is a green and purple velvet material tunic with puffed sleeves.

Dean Castle
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Creation Date:
1590 - 1600
East Ayrshire Council

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