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Elements from a Partial Suit of Armor

Elements from a Partial Suit of Armor

c. 1510–30

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Steel with black paint

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1923.1067

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Unfortunately the remainder of this suit of armor has been lost to history.


This partial suit of armor contains a close helmet, breastplate, and backplate. Below the breast plate is the fauld, plates of armor that extend below the breastplate to protect the waist and hips. The breastplate includes a lance rest, a metal flange that could be brought down when needed. The lance rest helps spread the impact of a blow through the breastplate to the torso of the wearer, thus redirecting the force of the blow away from the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. The helmet is a true "close helmet"; it pivots open at the rivets on the side and completely protects the face when lowered.

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