Made in two pieces, this defense for the face and neck served with a salade to complete protection for the head. The upper plate, which encased the jaw and lower face, retains its buff leather lower liner band. The turned upper edge is pierced below for the upper liner band, no longer with it. The graceful lower segment sat directly on the breastplate without lining or padding. Surviving examples are so rare that no typology for them exists. The study of European armor recovered from Rhodes, (Royal Armouries, 2000), which includes "the largest corpus of late 15th century bevors to survive" states that insufficient information exists to identify the bevors by country of origin and classifies all examples in that group collectively. As with much of the armor from Rhodes, this example is well used with two internal patches and one end of the lower plate with riveted repair. Of the group, it shows particularly elegant form. The Rhodes group was first accessed by Sir John Lefroy in 1855. Subsequently, in the 1880s, French dealer Victor Bachereau purchased quantities of armor from Rhodes which was sold and dispersed. The present example is likely part of that dispersal. 11 1/8" height. Cf. An example of identical form is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harding Collection, #1982.2529, identified as Spanish C.1480. The condition of the two examples is virtually indistinguishable.

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