c. 1550 - 1600
Support: Etched with trophies and griffins
Overall: 31.5 x 35.4 x 21.3 cm (12 3/8 x 13 15/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
Weight: 1.88 kg (4.14 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1653
Etching is a technique where either the design or its ground is bitten into the metal surface with acid, the rest being protected by a protective wax or varnish.
Shown here together is a burgonet, buffe, and breastplate all decorated with a technique known as etching. A burgonetis a light open helmet characterized by a peak, a fall over the eyes, and hinged earpieces. The face is protected by the addition of a buffe, a sperate detachable element worn with the open helmet that extends to the throat. It connects to the breastplate which protects the abdomen and is worn with a backplate.
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