The harness of Sir George Clifford retains much of its original purplish coloring. See our feature article on him for info and pics.
There are a number of saxon harnesses similar to the one you posted that have the same coloring. I know colored armour has been discussed here before; you can use the Search feature to find more threads.
Dr. Alan Williams has posited that some of these colorings are by-products of the heat-treating process used on the armour.
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