A good heavy Danish 1707 pattern cavalry trooper's breastplate

Item:
755
Region:
Europe
Type:
Armour
Description:
A good heavy Danish 1707 pattern cavalry trooper's breastplate, probably made in Suhl. Deeply struck on one shoulder with the mark HOFMAN above a hen within a shield and beneath a five pointed crown, and also with a musket ball proof. Formed with a medial ridge, the shallow skirt, neck and arm cusps are pierced with pairs of holes to retain the lining. Fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps, and with a pair of down turned hooks for the waistbelt. The inside is deeply incised with the initials I.S. Retaining some original black munition finish, and with good age patina.
Metrics:
Weight 11lbs 4ozs (5.2kgs)
Notes:
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark, by exchange. Note: Made in Suhl for Denmark. For an extensive article about these breastplates see Erik Troldhuus "Sorte kyrasser og brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarbergers 2003, Nr 48, Devantier press 2003 pp 5-94, where the maker's mark is illustrated Fig 33a. Troldhuus says this is probably the mark of Johann Mathias Hoffmann in Heneberg (1693-1728), Suhl gunmaker and blacksmith, in which case the hen may be a rebus for Heneberg or may be the Suhl hen.
Price:
£1,450