Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1508

Object Number

III.1700

Provenance

Purchased from the trustees of J G Mann, 1981. From the Whawell collection, sold Sotheby's 3-6 May 1927; bought by Mann from Bachereau, Paris, 17 April 1928. Formerly AL.23 62, Mann MS catalogue no. 120.

Physical Description

The breastplate is of globose form with a flange at the waist to which a single fauld lame is attached by a rivet at either side. At the arms and neck are broad flanges, the edes of which have flattened inward turns. Inside the fauld lame is a plain oval iron buckle at either side. Replacement riveted loops of round section are attached at either shoulder and side for the attachment of the backplate. There are two small holes at the neck for an arming point, and an extra rivet hole at either shoulder. There are two cracks at the left of the neck, and others at the waist near the centre.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 385 mm, width 363 mm Weight: 3 lb 11 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with an Imperial Bindenschild, and with 9S9 over a helmet for the maker.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum, Die Innsbrucker Plattnerkunst, Innsbruck, 1954, no. 56 p. 65

Notes

This breastplate probably belongs to a group of munition armour produced for an imperial order from Maximilian I between 1508 and 13 in Innsbruck, Augsburg and Nuremberg. The bulk of comparable examples are in the Hhistorischesmuseum der Stadt, Vienna, for example inv. no. 126.728 (Ausstellung Maximilian I, Innsbruck, no. 469 abb. 88) and others (Das Wiener Burgerliche Zeughaud, Vienna, 1960, nos 34-8). Another with the same marks is in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge. Another, remarkable in having both Nuremberg and Augsburg guild marks, was in the H L Petersen collection, sold Christie's 5 July 1978 lot 147. At least one is in the Munich Stadtmuseum (Das Munchener Zeughaus, Munich, 1983: 122, no. 15, abb. 12)