Light weight iron. Worn by naval officers to protect against splinter wounds and some horsemen, for which it would afford protection from a sword blow. Not intended to be shot proof, its light weight distinguishes it from the cuirassier's breastplates worn in the 19th century. 14 1/2" height, the base with a rolled edge flare. The neck and arms with up curved edges to deflect wood debris from shipboard cannon damage. Reverse with remnants of a padded liner. Hand forged and showing some lamination. As with earlier armor, the torso is about double the thickness of the shoulders. Surface rusted and five edge cracks. Good character. See Neumann Encyclopedia, page 15, for a similar example worn by John Paul Jones.