A Rare German Composite 'Maximilian' Full Armour

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Lot 176*
A Rare German Composite 'Maximilian' Full Armour
Circa 1520

Sold for £ 125,062 (US$ 173,638) inc. premium
A Rare German Composite 'Maximilian' Full Armour
Circa 1520
With characteristic fluting between incised double line borders overall, the main edges variously roped and plain (some areas of pitting and minor patched repairs, tassets associated or later, arms not a pair, cuisses probably original but with later fluting, visor lifting-peg replaced), the breast-plate with hinged curved lance-rest, and struck with the Nuremberg mark on the front lower gorget-plate (rubbed) and on each top plate of the arms: on a wooden stand painted black

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Perhaps from the Radziwill Armoury at Schloss Nieswicz
    Radford, Sotheby & Co., London, 17 January 1946, lot 340
    W.R. Hearst Collection, St. Donat's Castle, Wales
    Dr. Richard Williams Collection
    Sotheby & Co., London, Catalogue of Arms and Armour from her Majesty's Tower of London sold by Order of The Master of the Armouries (part 2), 15 October 1974, lot 87
    Back-plate, Christie's London, The Harold L. Peterson Collection of Arms and Armour, 5 July 1978, lot 141
    Dr. Peter Parsons Collection

    Literature:
    Wolfgang Hermann and Ernst-Ludwig Wagner, Alte Waffen, Munich, 1979, pp. 62-63, no. 2
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