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Steel, steel and brass rivets, leather straps
Overall: 42.8 x 35 x 17.5 cm (16 7/8 x 13 3/4 x 6 7/8 in.)
Weight: 2.14 kg (4.72 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1714.d
This fluted armor was visually striking in natural sunlight, which created a dazzling effect as it reflected off the polished, rippling steel. The flutings may have originated as a means of imitating the pleatings of male costume of the day. It became apparent, however, that the flutings were also a strengthening device, similar to corrugated metal. This enabled the armorer to use plates of thinner—and therefore lighter—steel. Such suits of armor demanded time-consuming and highly precise work from the armorer, which in turn quickly drove the production costs high enough that the fashion disappeared by 1540.
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