**A COMPOSITE NORTH EUROPEAN CAP-A-PIE CUIRASSIER'S ARMOUR
Lot 284**A COMPOSITE NORTH EUROPEAN CAP-A-PIE CUIRASSIER'S ARMOUR, EARLY 17TH CENTURY comprising close helmet with a rounded two-piece skull formed in two halves joined along a high medial comb, forward-sloping visor (restored) stepped beneath its paired vision-slits and fitted at its right with a short lifting-peg, prow-shaped upper bevor pierced at its left with nine circular ventilation-holes in rosette formation, bevor fitted at its right with a swivel-hook to secure the visor, and one-piece gorget-plates front and rear, each decorated at its centre with five rivets in cross-formation and trimmed at its upper edge to adapt it to its present context, collar of one lame front and rear, heavy one-piece breastplate of late 'peascod' fashion struck at its right with the proof-mark of a bullet and flanged outwards at its lower edge to receive two long tassets (not a pair), the left and right respectively formed of fourteen lames and in each case terminating in a winged poleyn of five lames (the right associated and its lowest two lames restored) decorated at the point of the knee with an embossed hexafoil, heavy one-piece backplate en suite with the breastplate, two large symmetrical pauldrons (not a pair), each formed of eleven lames decorated at the front and rear of the sixth with later embossed hexafoils and connected by a turner and integral upper cannon to a winged couter and tubular lower cannon (in neither case a pair), two gauntlets (not a pair, the right later), each form of an elbow-length cuff with a separate inner plate, a wrist-plate, five metacarpal-plates and a shaped knuckle-plate, a pair of later demi-greaves each formed of ten plates (the lowest two cut and reworked from pieces of 17th century armour), and square-toed sabatons of nine lames each (cut and reworked from pieces of 17th century armour), the main edges of the armour formed with narrow inward turns, those of the helmet roped, and its subsidiary edges decorated with double or single incised lines (the armour heavily pitted overall, showing some cracks, patches, losses and disarticulation) See note at front of catalogue for information concerning stands Provenance The Bradshaw family, Marple Hall, Cheshire, England Fenton & Sons Ltd, London, 23rd April 1930 JWHA Inv. No. 1151.a-l
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