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Eric S




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PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar, 2010 7:24 pm    Post subject: Suit of armor         Reply with quote

Anyone have an idea of what era this armor might be from and the country of origin? I am sure it is a replica but it was probably copied from a known armor, if you have any ideas let me know, thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Suit of armor         Reply with quote

It's sort of a crude amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance (mid-1500s) styling. The one-piece hanging tassets are an early Gothic style, and can be seen on lots of funeral effigies, but by the 1500s would have been replaced by a combination of articulated tassets and cuisses. The severe angles of the gauntlets are also pseudo-Gothic, and the semi-pointed sabatons as well. I am talking about a mid-1400s era style here. The helmet is an imitation of an armet although I doubt that it actually unhinges at the chin the way a real armet's cheek pieces would. This kind of helmet is mid to late 1500s era. The one-piece, non-articulated pauldrons are, to my mind, ahistorical and very fake looking.

This armour is a display piece; I think there is one giant factory that cranks them all out. I know I've seen them for sale on multiple websites, usually for a couple of thousand dollars.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Suit of armor         Reply with quote

Adam D. Kent-Isaac wrote:
It's sort of a crude amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance (mid-1500s) styling. The one-piece hanging tassets are an early Gothic style, and can be seen on lots of funeral effigies, but by the 1500s would have been replaced by a combination of articulated tassets and cuisses. The severe angles of the gauntlets are also pseudo-Gothic, and the semi-pointed sabatons as well. I am talking about a mid-1400s era style here. The helmet is an imitation of an armet although I doubt that it actually unhinges at the chin the way a real armet's cheek pieces would. This kind of helmet is mid to late 1500s era. The one-piece, non-articulated pauldrons are, to my mind, ahistorical and very fake looking.

This armour is a display piece; I think there is one giant factory that cranks them all out. I know I've seen them for sale on multiple websites, usually for a couple of thousand dollars.
Thanks, I was just trying to find out if it was historically accurate at all or just a fantasy piece, I think you answered my question.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar, 2010 2:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Folks!

age and region? i too would say: India and 20th-21st century at best...

Such pieces reassemble what most people think a "medieval Knight" should look like.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar, 2010 5:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Eric, as others have said this is really more " medievalesque " than anything. There was a fashion for similar armour for decorating foyers an dens in the Victorian era as well. This is more what the general public thought a fully armoured knight looked like rather than being based on an actual in period style of plate. This particluar suit is I believe made by a company in Spain who's been making exactly this decorator harness for something like 50 years or so.
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