A heavy and unusual German cuirassier’s backplate
A heavy and unusual German cuirassier’s backplate, late 16th or early 17th century. Of conventional form, the turned neck and arm cusps are roped and further outlined by 3 deeply incised lines, with 7 deeply incised lines running down the back. Flared at the waist with a roped edge, and fitted with a stud and an eye to retain a separate culet. Deeply struck with a musket ball “proof”, the backplate is in untouched and uncleaned condition, the outer surface retaining nearly all its original black munition finish.
Weight 13lbs 4ozs (6kgs)
Provenance: The Tojhusmuseet, Kobenhavn, Denmark by exchange.