A Well-Made Reproduction Half-Armour For A Boy In Early 17th Century Style
Lot 166
A Well-Made Reproduction Half-Armour For A Boy In Early 17th Century Style
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 4,900 - 6,500

Lot Details
A Well-Made Reproduction Half-Armour For A Boy In Early 17th Century Style
A Well-Made Reproduction Half-Armour For A Boy In Early 17th Century Style
Of bright steel, comprising burgonet with two-piece skull blackened on the inside and of boxed form rising to a parcel-gilt leaf-calyx finial, tubular spirally-fluted gilt-brass plume-holder at the rear, bluntly-pointed peak and single neck-plate each with turned and recessed gilt border followed by a line of small dome-headed brass rivets, and hinged single-plate cheek-pieces en suite both embossed with a floret pierced with small holes over the ear, single gorget-plate riveted to the breast-plate, the former with low medial ridge and incised 'Toiras' at the front above the flanged rounded skirt, back-plate en suite and with single-plate culet drawn-out to a central point, shoulder-straps reinforced with riveted plates and secured by pin and keyhole catches, full articulated vambraces comprising upper arms each of six overlapping plates with bracelet turning joint at their base, heart-shaped couters en suite with the cheek-pieces, and tubular lower cannons riveted together, the borders en suite with the burgonet and with dome-headed brass and iron rivets throughout: on a turned wooden stand mounted on four ball feet and painted black
66 cm. high

Footnotes

  • The inscription on the breast-plate refers to Jean de Saint-Bonnet, maréchal de Toiras (1585-1636), a distinguished French general in the service of Louis XIII, and later of the Duke of Savoy. In 1623 he was made governor of Fort Louis, in the port of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast, then a Huguenot (protestant) centre. As the result of a Huguenot rising in 1625, the King went to war with them, and in 1627 his forces besieged La Rochelle. The rebels were supported by Charles I of England, who sent a relief force under the command of the Duke of Buckingham, which landed and occupied the nearby island of Ré. It was eventually heavily defeated by the French royal forces, as was another expedition sent in 1628

    For information relating to armour and weapons made for children see Bridget Clifford and Karen Watts, An Introduction to Princely Armours and Weapons of Childhood, Royal Armouries Exhibition catalogue, 2003
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