A composed suit of cuirassier's armor with rare Italian anime cuirass
mid-16th century and later
Comprising: 1) Anime breastplate, probably Italian, third quarter 16th century; of peascod form composed of 14 plates having cusped upper rims, roped at the neck and arm gussets, the lowermost flanged and pierced; backplate, roped at neck and arm gussets, composed of 8 plates guttered at the side, the upper rims straight. 2) Cuisses, probably of slightly later manufacture, and composed of 19 plates fitted with winged knee cops. 3) Close helmet of later vintage, two-piece skull slightly roped at the seam, two-piece visor with rounded brim and rectangular sights, joined to the bevor with a hook; lower rims of bevor and skull with single broad neck plate. 3) Full arm defenses, the pauldrons with cusped rims, the upper plates 'slashed', the right pauldron probably 16th century, the lower plates and left arm defense of later vintage. 4) Lower leg defenses of later vintage. Mounted on a wooden stand on square oak plinth.
Condition: Showing areas of pitting and scattered marks.
Height overall: 72 inches.