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cuirass (breastplate)
  • Germany
  • cuirass (breastplate), circa 1480
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • steel, brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 50.8 x 34.29 x 22.86 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 x 13 1/2 x 9 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.2840
Label Text

Mild steel armor breast plate known as a cuirass. Lance stay under right arm is affixed to a hand-forged scalloped base with rivets. All rivets throughout piece are handset; most are mild steel, while some may be brass. Hand-pierced chevron-shaped brass binding runs across the torso and along the bottom of the piece. Irregularly shaped washers reinforce bottom rivets on reverse. Punch and hammer marks on reverse indicate that repoussé ornamentation is hand-applied.