Blued steel with gilt borders
Overall: 27.4 x 24.3 cm (10 13/16 x 9 9/16 in.)
Weight: 1.24 kg (2.73 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1524
Bluing required heating to at least 590 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which oxidation occurs and turns the metal a deep shade of blue.
This element for the shoulder once belonged to a suit decorated by the bluing technique, a process of superheating armor plates to achieve a deep blue color. Gilding the borders created additional contrast for a refined appearance.
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