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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Armour in the Gothic style

19th Century

This is a replica of late 15th century German armour. Complete examples of 15th century armour are very rare and it was common for collectors to have replicas made to fill the gap in their collection of which this is an example. The armourer Felix Joubert was commisioned by Lord Howard de Walden to do the work. At his client’s request he assembled the reproduction armour to Lord Howard de Walden’s measurements for him to wear on special fancy dress occasions.

The armour is in the gothic style and has long pointed sabatons (foot protection). The Sallade helmet supports the de Walden family’s goat’s head crest.

It was not unheard of for unscrupulous dealers such as Samuel Pratt to make up such armours with a few genuine features and a plausible romantic story of the discovery in an ancient castle in order to deceive the eager collector.

Place of Production:
steel, brass, leather, wood (crest)
height 2030mm
Dean Castle
Accession number:
Digital Number:
EAAM109a, b, c, d, e
Creation Date:
East Ayrshire Council

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