‡ A COMPOSITE SOUTH GERMAN FIELD ARMOUR, PARTLY NUREMBERG, CIRCA 1550-60
comprising burgonet with one-piece skull boxed in six vertical panels and rising to an acute central point, fitted at its brow with a broad rounded peak attached by pivots (replaced) having radially-fluted domed heads, at its flanged rear edge with an obtusely-pointed neck-guard (associated) formed of one lame embossed to simulate two, and at each side with a hinged cheek-piece fastened to its mate at the chin by a pierced stud and swivel-hook (the latter replaced), decorated at its centre with a six-sided pyramidal boss enclosed within a circle of ventilation-holes, and flanged outwards at its lower edge (patched in the case of the right one) to receive a neck-guard matching that at the rear; collar of four lames front and rear opening at the right of the neck, the lowest rear lame fitted at each side with a hinged stud for the attachment of a pauldron, and the lower edge of the front edge struck with two dots between an 'X' and an inverted 'V'; breastplate with a medially-ridged main plate projecting forward over the belly, struck just below the centre of its shallow neck-opening, between an 'X' and a 'V', with a maker's mark consisting of an escutcheon containing the initials 'CL' over a plane leaf, and fitted at each arm-opening with a moveable gusset, at the right of the chest with a folding lance-rest attached by two screws inserted internally, and its lower edge with an upward-overlapping waist-lame flanged outwards at its lower edge to receive an associated fauld of three lames suspended on a later pair of hasps, and cut at the centre of the lowest of them (associated) with a shallow arch separating a pair of tassets each of four lames; matching backplate struck at the centre of its broad nearly straight neck-opening with the same marks as recorded on the breastplate, and flanged outwards at its lower edge to receive a culet of two lames; spaudlers each of eight lames (the first two associated and reworked) that extend down to the elbow where they connect by means of internal leather to a large couter, shaped to the point of the elbow and open at its rear, and a tubular lower cannon (associated) with a medially-ridged outer plate; besagues of circular form (restored) each rising at its centre to a six-sided pyramidal boss issuing from a low-relief trefoil; fingered gauntlets, medially-ridged and boxed at each side, each formed of a moderately long flared and pointed cuff struck with the quality-control mark of the city of Nuremberg and fitted with a separate hinged inner plate, six metacarpal-plates, a knuckle-plate decorated with a roped transverse rib, a shaped finger-plated and scaled finger and thumb-defences, the latter attached to the inner end of the last metacarpal-plate by a lateral hinge; cuisses, each formed of a long gutter-shaped main plate, medially ridged and boxed at each side, and fitted at its convex upper end with an extension-plate, and at its lower end with a winged poleyn of four lames; and greaves each of full-length tubular form (composite and patched at some points), made of two plates opening at their outside, the rear one cut at the heel with a large slot to accommodate a spur, and the front one cut at its lower edge with an arch to accommodate a round-toed sabaton of ten lames (restored using old metal); the main edges of the armour formed with roped inward turns largely accompanied by recessed borders blackened with modern black paint, and the left of the breastplate and the front of the collar etched in modern times with a coat of arms surmounted by a crested pair of barred helms; the whole accompanied by an assortment of mail gussets; a pair of modern spurs with rowels of six point; a modern crest of wood and simulated leather in the form of griffin painted red, black and gold
American Art Association, 23-24 November 1923, part of lot 251, purchased by
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 23.270.1, deaccesioned to
Denver Art Museum, 1953
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