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Oct 22, 2010

Gothic Backplate

Gothic Backplate

c. 1475–1500

Steel, modern leather straps

Overall: 44.5 x 34.5 x 16.5 cm (17 1/2 x 13 9/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Weight: 2.9 kg (6.39 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1613

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This armor would have been polished mirror bright and been a spectacular sight in the sunlight.


Over time the increasing effectiveness of the crossbow and longbow made steel plates necessary for protection. Around 1400 a knight was protected almost entirely by plate armor. The elements shown here (backplate and fan-shaped pauldrons), with their sculptural line, illustrate the beauty of plate armor from the Gothic age.

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