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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Italian Composite Half Armour

Period:
16th Century
Description:

This half armour consists of a close helmet, gorget, a long peascod breastplate, a pair of complete arms and a pair of gauntlets.They are decorated with etching and bands of strapwork alternating with bright bands.  The pieces all come from different sets of armour although the gauntlets and helmet belong together.

The kind of strap work design seen here was first seen in Germany in the 1540s.  It later became quite common in Italy.

Place of Production:
Northern Italy
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/A11
Digital Number:
EAAM011n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council