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Pair of Tournament Pauldrons (Shoulder Defenses)

Armorer:
Marked by Lorenz Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, ca. 1445–1516)
Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
Wt. of right pauldron 3 lb. 15 oz. (1786 g); Wt. of left pauldron 4 lb. (1814.4 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Arms & Shoulders
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
Accession Number:
29.156.67h, i
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
These pauldrons were part of an armor for the German joust (Gestech), fought with blunted lances. Their maker, Lorenz Helmschmid, was the court armorer of Emperor Maximilian I and one of the leading armorers of the period.
Marking: Two marks stamped on the terminal lame of each pauldron: the fir cone of Augsburg, Germany; and the mark of Lorenz Helmschmid (ca. 1445–1516).
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