Gothic Breastplate

late 1400s
Overall: 53.2 x 35.2 x 16.3 cm (20 15/16 x 13 7/8 x 6 7/16 in.)
Weight: 4.68 kg (10.32 lbs.)
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As a result of the introduction of plate armor, the shield became superfluous and gradually disappeared from use.


This elegantly constructed breastplate consists of two primary plates of steel fastened at center by a rivet. The lower plate is embellished with a border of embossed flutes that converge upward and terminate in a fleur-de-lys. The pair of rivet holes in the upper right breast accommodated a lance rest, now lost.
Gothic Breastplate

Gothic Breastplate

late 1400s

South Germany or Austria, Innsbruck, late 15th century

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