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Field Armor

Date:
ca. 1525; left arm defense, 19th century; rondels, 1923
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, leather
Dimensions:
H. 67 in. (170.2 cm); Wt. 49 lb. (22.23 kg); Wt. of helmet 7 lb. 4 oz. (3289 g)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.289
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This fluted armor is typical of the battle dress of the knightly cavalry of southern Germany and Austria in the 1520s. It is composed of elements from at least three very similar armors, all made in Nuremberg when fluted armor was at its peak of fashion. The armor is stamped on the pauldrons (shoulder defenses) with the mark of the city of Nuremberg, on the helmet with the letter N in a pearly circle, on the cuisses (thigh defenses) with a Gothic N, and on the right gauntlet with an unidentified maker’s mark. The left arm defense is a nineteenth-century restoration.
Marking: Stamped on the pauldrons (shoulder defenses): the mark of the city of Nuremberg; on the helmet: the letter N in a pearly circle; on the cuisses (thigh defenses): a Gothic N; on the cuff of the right gauntlet: what appears to be a turnip within a shield (an unidentified maker's mark).
Ex. coll.: Raoul Richards, Rome; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
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