A good heavy German cavalry trooper's breastplate
A good heavy German cavalry trooper's breastplate, late 17th or early 18th Century. Deeply struck beneath the throat with an armourer's mark I.I within an oval, and also with a musket ball proof. Formed with a medial ridge, the shallow skirt, neck and arm cusps with upturned edges are pierced with paris of holes to retain the lining. The edges with a series of rivets to secure padding. Fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps, and with a pair of down turned hooks for the waistbelt. Retaining some original black munition finish, and with good age patina.
Weight 14lbs (6.3kgs)
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark, by exchange. Note: Probably made in Suhl for Denmark. For an extensive article about these breastplates see Erik Troldhuus "Dorte kyrasser og brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarboger 2003, Nr 48, Devantier press 2003 pp 5-94