A good heavy German cavalry trooper's breastplate
A good heavy German cavalry trooper's breastplate, late 17th or early 18th Century. Deeply struck with a musket ball proof and formed with a distinct medial ridge, the shallow skirt, neck and arm cusps with upturned edges are pierced with holes to retain the lining. Fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps and with a pair of down turned hooks (one missing) to retain the waistbelt. The inside is struck with a star shaped control or armourer's mark, and is deeply incised with the initials OPS. Retaining some original black munition finish, and with good age patina.
Weight 12lbs 6ozs (5.7kgs)
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark by exchange. Note: probably made in Suhl for Denmark. For an extensive article about these breastplates see Erik Troldhuss "Sorte kyrasser og brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarboger 2003, Nr 48, Devantier Press 2003 pp 5-94.