A full suit of armor in the Maximilian style
Lot 3004
A composite full suit of armor in the Maximilian style
US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£15,000 - 21,000
Lot Details
A composite full suit of armor in the Maximilian style
early 16th century and later
Comprising: 1) Close helmet, the fluted one-piece skull with low roped comb and probably early 16th century, now fitted with later visor, composite bevor and two lame neck defense. 2) Breastplate of bulbous form, strongly roped at the neck and arm gussets, central fluted panel below two broad horizontal flutes; lower edge flanged and fitted with later fauld and tassets. 3) Associated fluted backplate, probably 16th century, lower rim with three fluted plates. 4) Associated 16th century gorget of three plates front and back, fluted and secured by studs and keyhole apertures. 5) Fluted left arm defence, early 16th century, comprising six lame pauldron, couter and roped wing, the latter decorated with radiating ribs and vambrace with roped lower rim. 6) Pair of fluted mitten gauntlets, well-made but probably of later vintage, comprising cuffs with guttered and roped rims, five metacarpal plates, heavy roped knuckle plates, thumb plated and five plate finger defenses, the lower plates roped and guttered. 7) Full right arm and well-made leg defenses of later vintage. 8) Mail shirt of riveted links, probably eastern. Now mounted on a simple wooden stand.
Condition: Mottled grey patina showing some light pitting and some broken rivets.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance: William Randolph Hearst Collection, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. Nov. 25, 1953, lot 9; "German, XVI Century...Globose breastplate...with lance rest, pauldron of six lames, and left armguard with elbow cop...."
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