A good heavy Danish 1707 pattern cavalry trooper's breastplate
A good heavy Danish 1707 pattern cavalry trooper's breastplate, made in Suhl. Deeply struck on one shoulder with the mark of Heinrich Leonard, and with a shallow musket ball proof. Formed with a medial ridge, shallow skirt and turned up arm cusps, the eges pierced to retain a lining. Fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps, the hooks for the waistbelt have both been removed. Inside is painted No 82 presumably the rack number. Retaining some original black munition finish, and with good age patina.
Weight 12lbs 8ozs (5.9kgs)
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark, by exchange. Note: made in Suhl for Denmark. Leonard was the Danish control officer at the works in Suhl. For an extensive article about these breastplates and for further details about Leonard and his mark, see Erik Troldhuus "Sorte kyrasser og brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarborger 2003, Nr 48, Devantier Press 2003, pp 5-94