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Cuirassier's Armor: Proper Right Tassets with Poleyn (Knee-Cop)

c. 1600–20
Overall: 171.4 cm (67 1/2 in.)
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When put together, this suit of armor is just over 5-1/2 feet tall.

Description

The cuirassier was the heavy cavalryman of the late 1500s and early 1600s. Carrying pistols and a sword, he was clad in full armor, with the exception of his lower legs, which were protected by heavy riding boots. Shortly after 1650, such heavy cavalry armor disappeared from use. By then, European cavalries had abandoned full armor as impractical against the increased sophistication of firearms.
Cuirassier's Armor: Proper Right Tassets with Poleyn  (Knee-Cop)

Cuirassier's Armor: Proper Right Tassets with Poleyn (Knee-Cop)

c. 1600–20

Austria, Graz(?), early 17th century

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