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Baroque / Victorian Italian Composite Suit of Armor


Southern Europe, Italy, Baroque to Victorian periods, ca. early 17th to 19th century CE. A composite suit of 17th C. steel armor with later 19th C. additions including an iron and copper chainmail shirt, cuisses, poleyns with fan plates, greaves, and articulated sabatons. The helmet is of the Savoyard burgonet type with dual latches, a light comb, and a visor with straight-cut eye slits and S-type breaths. The gorget and pauldrons are formed from multiple lames, and the pauldrons display faded etchings and armorial crests. The vambraces are etched with vertical panels of foliate and linear motifs, and the gauntlets bear well-articulated fingers and pierced knuckles. The breast plate is stamped with two touch marks on the front and is secured to the back plate with rivets and leather straps. The two tassets above the leg components are each comprised of five lames lined with brass rivets. Custom stuffed display body and tiered wooden stand included. Size: 12.5" W (across chest) x 71" H (31.8 cm x 180.3 cm); 84" H (213.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Helmet and upper body components are 17th century, and leg components are 19th century. Restoration to areas of both pauldrons, most leather straps, and most rivets. Losses to some chain mail rings and parts of both pauldrons, both gauntlets, helmet, and some rivets. Fading to etched areas. Disconnected interior vambrace panels. Light oxidized patina in some areas. Several stable hairline fissures. Slight bending to plates in several areas. Some minor nicks to wooden display stand.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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