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 twice on the shoulder with the mark of Heinrich Leonard, on the opposite shoulder with the mark LC over D (faint), deeply incised below the throat with the (owner's?) initials PV, and with a shallow musket ball proof. Formed with a medial ridge, shallow skirt and turned up neck cusp. Fitted with a pair of studs tor 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 11lbs 6ozs (5.3kgs)
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