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LOK II.20

Corslet. Italian, about 1560 (II.20)

  • LOK II.20

    Corslet. Italian, about 1560 (II.20)

  • LOK II.21

    Corslet. Italian (II.21)

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Object Provenance: Italian, about 1560
Object Number: II.20

Corslet

Description

The cuirass of this half armour is of semi-anime construction, the lower section of the back and breastplate formed of three and four articulated lames respectively, the upper part solid but embossed with simulate lames. The turns at the neck and arms have boldly roped inward turns, and all the subsidiary edges are elaborately cusped and scalloped.

There is a separate gorget of four plates front and rear, associated with the cuirass. There is a fauld of two lames attached to the flange of the breastplate, and associated tassets each of four lames attached by straps and buckles. The arm defences have full pauldrons, and shell couters attached to the upper and lower cannons by leathers front and rear.

This form of anime cuirass was popular for a very short time in western Europe, between about 1550 and 1570. They were probably intended to reflect the form of the ancient Roman lorica segmentata, as this was a period when the art of Classical antiquity was very popular in Europe.

This armour was displayed on a wooden cross between two of the mounted figures in the 19th century Line of Kings.

From the armoury of the Knights of St John, Malta, purchased 1826

References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: 15, II.54
Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: 150, II.62

Statistics

Object Provenance: Italian, about 1560
Object Number: II.20

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