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The 8th Lord Howard de Walden

Italian Russet Half Armour

Period:
16th Century
Description:

This was infantry parade armour but would also have been used in a kind of  tournament which was fought on foot over a barrier using blunt spears and swords.  When worn  for tournaments a close helmet would have been used instead of the open morion.

This half armour consists of an open-faced helmet, cuirass (breast and back plates), thigh defences (tassets) and complete arm defences.  The gorget and gauntlets are missing.  There is a castle etched on the breastplate just below the neck, it is probably the mark of a Milanese armourer.  This kind of open-faced helmet was known as a 'Spanish morion'.

Place of Production:
Italy
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/A10
Digital Number:
EAAM010n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council