A Composite Armour
A Composite Armour

COMPREHENSIVELY ITALIAN, 16TH CENTURY

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A Composite Armour
Comprehensively Italian, 16th Century
Of bright steel, comprising close-helmet for the tilt with one-piece skull with low comb and tubular brass plume-pipe at the rear, visor with stepped double vision-slits, prow-shaped upper-bevor pierced with circular breaths on the right side and lower-bevor shaped to the chin with hinged steel strap fastening on the right, the upper- and lower-bevor each pierced for a locking-catch (now missing), the bottom edge with a hollow flange fitting the top of the gorget below a line of domed lining-rivets, some with brass rosette-shaped washers, some edges bordered with double engraved lines, gorget of three plates front and rear, pivoted on the left, infantry cuirass with rounded breast-plate with low medial ridge, prominent flange at the neck and along the edges of the moveable gussets at the arms, skirt of five plates (some replaced) with rudimentary tassets, three-piece back-plate with one-piece culet (later), complete vambraces with spaudler of five plates, turning-joint, upper and lower cannons, and cowters of three plates with side-wings, long cuisses (some damage) of one large and two smaller plates each, the rounded tops boldly roped, and poleyns of four plates each with large side-wings with recessed borders, the edges turned and roped, and later greaves, sabatons and fingered gauntlets: on wooden stand
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