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Marc James




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PostPosted: Wed 28 May, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Questions on Gothic Armour 15th c. style         Reply with quote

hello everyone. this is my first post.. anyway, this was actually given to me by a friend who inherited it and knew i was into this kind of stuff. i was told that it is a victorian "gothic revival" copy. it has no markings as far as i can see. let me know what you think.

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James Arlen Gillaspie
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PostPosted: Thu 29 May, 2008 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Victorian revival? I'd be surprised if it was that old. The peculiar shape of the pauldrons reminds me of someone's work, but I just can't bring up the name...
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PostPosted: Thu 29 May, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is there any historical evidence of the gauntlet being attatched by a leather stripe like this?
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jun, 2008 1:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Arlen Gillaspie wrote:
Victorian revival? I'd be surprised if it was that old. The peculiar shape of the pauldrons reminds me of someone's work, but I just can't bring up the name...


Schmidt?

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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jun, 2008 3:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No Ivo, it certainly isn't Schmidt. !
Personally, I would reckon this armour to be no more than thirty years old, probably somwehat less. The work, as James has pointed out, is somewhat reminiscent of a couple of armourers that I could think of, so the problem is : which side of the big pond was it made ?
Most gothic gauntlets had a strap around the cuff like this one, but not with that metal retaining method. However, I have seen some reproductions with a leather loop version riveted on the vambrace.

All in all, it is an attractive display piece though, and it is a very nice thing to have Happy I am just sorry that it isn't a real antique!

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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jun, 2008 6:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If Russ is right about the age of the armor, I would guess that it is some of "Karl of Germany's" early work. Something about the shape of the helmet. Sorry I can't remember Karl's real name.

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