Although made in Nuremberg, this cavalryman’s armor is an unusual mix of different regional styles. The helmet is based on an eastern European type known as the Zischägge, which was inspired by Turkish examples. The pauldrons (shoulder defenses) with their overlapping, fanlike plates are of a type associated with Swiss armors of the period.
The armor is stamped with the Nuremberg mark and an armorer’s mark—a shield containing the letters MSI above a pair of shears—that has been attributed to Martin Schneider the Younger.
Despite its relative plainness, the armor is very well made. It would have been worn by a cavalryman equipped with a sword, a pair of pistols, and possibly a carbine (a short form of musket).
Marking: Stamped on the helmet, breastplate, backplate, and pauldrons (shoulder defenses): an armorer's mark attributed to Martin Schneider the Younger, consisting of a shield containing the letters MSI above a pair of shears; also on the helmet, breastplate, and backplate: the Nuremberg guild mark; on the interior of the breastplate and backplate: the pearled N of Nuremberg.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
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