From the William Fagan Ltd. Collection

Peascod form which was fashionable at the time with medial ridge terminating in an abdominal protrusion. The upper edge rolled with double line chevron chiseled decoration below. Beveled edge gussets. The lower flared for a fauld. The right with double holes to mount a lance rest. 18” greatest dimension. 11 ¾” height standing on the base flare. Weight reflection its place in the evolution of firearm effectiveness. The surface is mostly smooth with isolated pitting in patches. Struck with three musket ball impacts and two other smaller impacts, perhaps pistol or glancing shots, or perhaps hammer strikes. This breastplate served through the late 16th century and almost certainly through the Thirty Years War (1618-48). In all, as much as 60 years service during which the effectiveness of gunpowder and the proliferation of firearms increased dramatically. It originally would have served a lancer, likely a knight, able to defend against the edged and percussion weapons of the late century. The bullet impacts (not to be confused with musket ball proofs) surely date well into the 17th century.

Stock Number: FNS9690

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