Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Latest plausible date for limb armor in western Europe? Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Jojo Zerach





Joined: 26 Dec 2009

Posts: 288

PostPosted: Mon 29 Apr, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Latest plausible date for limb armor in western Europe?         Reply with quote

I'm trying to get an idea of how late 3/4 armor, or any form of limb armor, was used in western Europe.
Wikipedia says that full (3/4?) armor was still being worn by royalty and high ranking commanders at the beginning of the 18th century.
I found this portrait of Louis XIV wearing armor in a battle scene from 1701
-http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...cinthe.jpg
I don't know if this is intended to be an accurate depiction, but he is wearing very similar armor in this 1692 painting of the siege of Namur.
-http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...v_1692.jpg

This 1662 portrait of the Princes of Orange is one of the last serious depictions of greaves and sabatons I've seen.
-http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...662%29.jpg

As for physical examples, this armor dated to 1712 seems to be one for the last known royal armors produced in France.
-http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-t...s/40003171
It is a child's armor, but it it possible similar armor was still being used around that time or slightly earlier?
I know armor portraits continued to be made into the late 18th century, but I'm interested in examples where the armor could have been used as something other than just a portrait prop.
View user's profile Send private message
Jojo Zerach





Joined: 26 Dec 2009

Posts: 288

PostPosted: Tue 30 Apr, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is this perhaps a difficult subject to find information on?
View user's profile Send private message
Mark Griffin




Location: The Welsh Marches, in the hills above Newtown, Powys.
Joined: 28 Dec 2006

Posts: 801

PostPosted: Wed 01 May, 2013 12:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I supppose if you include bridle gauntlets as protection for the lower left forearm then you might get a bit further into the early 18th cent. But only just.
View user's profile Send private message
Lafayette C Curtis




Location: Indonesia
Joined: 29 Nov 2006
Reading list: 7 books

Posts: 2,689

PostPosted: Fri 24 May, 2013 11:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, it isn't an easy subject to research. There's not that much information to help us pin down an exact date for when the more complete varieties of armour (three-quarters and cap-a-pie) ceased to be worn on the battlefield at all. However, I rather doubt Wikipedia's assertion that three-quarters armour was still worn on the battlefield into the beginning of the 18th century. Cuirasses and lobster pots, perhaps (the Danish heavy cavalry still wore them in the Marlburian period after all). But three-quarters harness sounds like a stretch.
View user's profile Send private message


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Latest plausible date for limb armor in western Europe?
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2018 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum