Ex: Higgins Armory. Probably German, intended for a fluted or “Maximillian” armor. One piece of drop hammer formed iron, over long at 22”, the ends each bent up, evidently for gripping in a fixture. The chin and three flutes roughed out. The top edge beveled which is surprising at this stage. One of the peaks with a crack on the ridge. Flaws such as this were common and usually brazed. Those repairs are often seen in early armor. This example was probably abandoned because it was in the early stages of construction with less time invested that in a more finished example. Further, the flaw is on the ridge of one of the flutes, a critical point for deflecting impacts. A fascinating look into the construction process which was a focus of the Higgins Collection and Museum. An additional insight is that the surplus at the ends of the piece which served to provide purchase in the fabrication process, are of sufficient size to make smaller elements, such as gauntlet cuffs, by forging to a thinner and larger section, after the visor was complete. Only such example we have encountered as it normally would have been scrapped or remade into smaller elements. Its survival very strongly suggests that it was preserved as an example for educating apprentices.
Stock Number: 99-329

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