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 control or armouerer's mark of a fleur-de-lys, together with 2 musket ball proofs. Formed with a medial ridge with upturned neck and arm cusps, and fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps, the skirt is slightly flared with a central cut out of "Swedish" fashion. The inside is deeply struck twice with maker's mark I.N. above a star within a shield, and also deeply struck twice IVI, and painted with initials GI and PTS, probably for the owner and his regiment. Retaining some original black munition finish, and with good age patina.
Weight 10lbs 8ozs (4.9kgs)
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark, by exchange. Note: probably made in Suhl for Denmark. For an extensive article about these breastplates see Erik Troldhuus "Sorte kyrasser of brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarborger 2003, Nr 48, Devantier Press, 2003 pp 5-94