Napoleonic period, probably French. Heavy iron, 17" height with medial ridge and flanged neck, arms and side. Bottom edge rolled under. Completely unmarked and made without the liner hooks found on later examples. Brass mounting rivets complete. Chocolate brown surface with light and medium stabilized pitting. The front with light "ghosting" of the shoulder straps and mounts, evidently with it for some time. Many Napoleonic battles, particularly Waterloo, were based on cavalry engagements. French, English and German cuirassiers alike wore such cuirasses. Nothing of the details of construction of this example preclude it from being French.