Elements from a Garniture Made for Christian I of Saxony (1560–1591)
Anton Peffenhauser (German, Augsburg, 1525–1603)
Steel, gold, leather, brass
breastplate (a): 19 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (49.6 x 39 cm); backplate (b): 17 1/2 x 14 3/16 in. (44.5 x 36 cm); right cuisse (c): 16 x 7 3/8 in. (40.6 x 18.7 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 6 oz. (1088 g); left cuisse (d): 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (41.9 x 19 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 7 oz. (1098 g)
Armor for Man
Fletcher Fund, 1938
Not on view
Peffenhauser was among the most celebrated and long-lived armorers of Augsburg, a city famous for its armor-makers. The pieces displayed here are thought to be part of a garniture commissioned by Elector August of Saxony (1526–1586) in 1582. Because of its slender proportions, the armor is assumed to have been ordered as a present for the elector’s son, Christian (1560–1591), who later succeeded his father as archduke and elector of Saxony. These elements were intended for light cavalry or infantry use. The original garniture also included a complete armor for heavy cavalry with exchange pieces for the tournament, parts of which are still preserved in the Saxon Electoral Armory in Dresden.
Marking: Stamped on the breastplate and backplate: the Augsburg fir cone.