A good heavy German breastplate
A good heavy German breastplate, late 17th or early 18th century. Formed with a medial ridge, the upturned collar, arm cusps and narrow skirt are pierced with pairs of holes to retain the lining. Fitted with a pair of studs to retain the shoulder straps, and a pair of down turned hooks to retain the waistbelt. Black painted overall and with good patina.
Weight 12lbs (5.4kgs)
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 og brystplader" Vaabenhistoriske Aarborger 2003, Nr 48, Devantier press 2003, pp 5-94