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19th. C. English Suit of Armor with Helmet, Displayed

Europe, United Kingdom, later Victorian period, ca. mid 19th century CE or later. A composite iron suit of armor, made from steel, including a helmet with a separate visor and heavy bevor. Roped borders decorate the helmet and multi-layered protection over the shoulders, chest, and upper legs. The arm and leg assemblies have spring-closures and several parts are held in place with leather straps. The limbs are well-proportioned and modeled, the gauntlets gently bent to accommodate the fingers. The legs are separate from the main body of the armor, which is all displayed together on a stand as it would have been worn in life. A heavy skirt and generous codpiece complete the look. The breastplate is decorated with a double eagle motif. The Victorians were fascinated by medieval life and made suits of armor to decorate their homes. Size across chest: 20" W (50.8 cm); height as displayed: 71.75" H (182.2 cm); height on stand: 82" H (208.3 cm)

Condition: Some oxidized patina and corrosion around the rivets, especially on the lower part of the breastplate. Leather straps have been replaced and are in nice condition.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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