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Reinforcing Plates of Armor for the Tilt

dated 1551
Austrian, Innsbruck
grandguard (21.138.2): L. 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm); W. 14 1/8 in. (35.86 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g); tilting buffe (21.138.3): L. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.77 cm); Wt. 4 lb.11 oz. (2126 g); elbow guard (21.138.4): L. 10 3/4 in. (27.31 cm); W. 7 7/8 in. (19.99 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13 oz. (1276 g)
Armor Parts
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
For the joust, or tilt, in the Italian fashion, the grandguard protecting the upper left chest and neck was close-fitting in contrast to the German use of a projecting tilt targe (cape-like defense for the left shoulder) screwed directly to the breastplate. The etched decoration, consisting of lush foliate scrolls and dragons on a recessed black ground, is characteristic of Innsbruck armors of the period.
Inscription: In cartouche on the lower part of the buffe: the date 1551.
Ex. coll.: John Beardmore, Uplands, near Fareham, Hampshire, England; Morgan S. Williams, St. Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major, Glamorgan.
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