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cuirass (breastplate) in the style of 1480
  • Bavaria, Germany or Austria
    Winkelmayer
    active 1800s
    active: Austria
    Ernst Schmidt
    circa 1850–circa 1930
    active: Germany
    Lorenz Helmschmied
    circa 1450–1516
    died: Augsburg, Swabia, Bavaria Germany ; active: Germany
  • cuirass (breastplate) in the style of 1480, mid-late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Bavaria, Germany or Austria
  • 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
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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.