Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

Armorer: Christian Schreiner the Younger (Austrian, Mühlau, recorded 1499–1528)

Date: ca. 1505–10

Geography: Innsbruck

Culture: Austrian, Innsbruck or Mühlau

Medium: Steel, leather

Dimensions: H. as mounted approximately 32 in. (81.28 cm); Wt. 21 lb. 7 oz. (9724 g)

Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 Armor

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, in honor of Helmut Nickel, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.4


This armor is a rare example of the fluted, or "Maximilian," style in its earliest stages. The armor was made in either Mühlau or in neighboring Innsbruck soon after Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519) established his court armor-making workshop in Innsbruck in 1504. Little is known of its maker, Christian Schreiner the Younger. Only two of his works survive, of which this is the most complete.

A strong Italian influence is apparent in this armor and in armors of the Innsbruck/Mühlau school in general. They are characterized by full, rounded forms and sparing use of surface ornament, as opposed to the purely German Gothic style typified by slender proportions and pierced openwork. Particularly distinctive in this piece are the gracefully bold mitten gauntlets, which blend features of late Gothic design with the evolving German Renaissance style.