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Armour from the Armoury of the dukes of Burgundy

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Maximilian armour, German, early 16th century

pic 1: heraldic dress
pic 2&3: brigantine
pic 5: mail suit, 15th century

A very nice mail mantle

pic 1&2: "antique" morion, Italian, 1550
pic 3, left: gauntlet by Valentin Siebenburger from Nurmberg, German, 1525-1550
pic 4&5: shoulder guards with padding
pic 14: German armet, 1550
pic 16: German half-armour, 1550
pic 17: engraved, damascened and gilded armour, can be adapted for joust, worn by archduke Albrecht when entering Brussels in 1599. Italian
pic 18&19: the only armour retaining the important head protection

A Flemish sallet, and a dog-faced bascinet

child armour by Anton Peffenhauser from Augsburg, belonged to Jozef-Ferdinand von Beieren

joust armour with shield, by Wolfgang Grosschedel, 1560, belonged to Philip II of Spain

jousting helmets, and vamplate

Maximilian armour, German 1525-1550 by W. Grosschedel; joust armour by Lorenz Helmschmied, Augsburg, 1490-1500; joust armour with prominent lance rest

pot helmet, German sallet and bevor; Italian Barbute, 1450; Barbute signed by Antonino Missaglia from Milan, 1525-1550


Italian cuirasse closing in the middle, 1580, and German armour

pic 1&2: horse cuissard, right hind leg, German, 1500-1510
pic 3: demi-chanfrein, German, 1550
pic 5: Italian armet, engraved and gilded, 1550
pic 7: Italian morion with very prominent crest, late 16th century
pic 11, right: armet with gorgerin, engraved and gilded, Anton Peffenhauser from Augsburg, German, 1580

pic 3: joust armour with shield, Wolfgang Grosschedel, 1560, belonged to Philip II of Spain
pic 4: clearly shows length of some rare surviving lances
pic 5, armour 1: maximilian armour, German 1525-1550 by WGrosschedel, part 19th century reconstruction, decorated with obscene handgestures, armour 2: German armour adapted for jousting, 1550
pic 6: gilded and engraved chanfrein, possibly Italian, 1575
pic 7: black and white 3/4 armour, German, 1550-1560
pic 8: engraved, damascened and gilded armour, can be adapted for joust, worn by archduke Albrecht when entering Brussels in 1599. Italian
pic 9: Italian shiavonas, 1650-1700, also an Italian half-armour with cabasset, late 16th century, and a duelling "sword-breaking" targe, Italian, 1550

English pot helmets

half armours with bourguignotte, and maces

the guy in front carries a hunting spear, Saxon, 1575-1600

another half armour with some 15th century staff weapons

Jousting armor from Filip II, by Wolfgang Grosschedel, 1560

joust armour by Lorenz Helmschmied, Augsburg, 1490-1500

Maximilian armour by Wolfgang Grosschedel from Landshut, 1525-1550, from the so-called Fico-group
(because it is decorated with obscene hand gestures)
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detail of obscene gestures

Early 20th century attempts to reinvent armour of proof, also attempted to redefine ugly.

WWI French armour, and a tool for hand grenade training

the ultimate suit of armour

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