Royal Armouries

Almain Corslet

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Almain corslet. German, 1540-50 (II.30) arm defences are from about 1570.

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    Almain corslet. German, 1540-50 (II.30) arm defences are from about 1570.

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Object Provenance:
German, about 1540–50
Arm defences about 1570
Object Number: II.30

Almain Corslet

Description

The armour is composite, constructed from elements of armours embossed with fleurs-de-lys, the embossing bright on a blackened ground in the style associated with Nuremberg armourers.

The helmet is a burgonet, with a one-piece skull with a low comb, pivoted peak and a neck guard of one plate. The peak, neck guard and sides are embossed with fleurs-de-lys. The hinged cheekpieces are embossed with roundels pierced for hearing and embossed with saltires.

The gorget is an Almain collar with its spaudlers removed. The breastplate is of late tapulbrust form, with a bold roped turn at the neck, gussets at the arms and is embossed at the centre with a bright double fleur-de-lys. The fauld is of four lames, the lowest with an arched flange at the centre. The backplate is similarly embossed, and may belong to the breastplate. It is made in three pieces with partial roped turns at the edges.

The tassets are of eight lames, embossed with a double headed fleur-de-lys embossed on the lowest lame, and do not match the cuirass. The vambraces are later than the cuirass. They comprise full pauldrons, upper cannons with turning joints, couters with small wings, and fitted with a series of articulated lames inside the elbow joint. The upper lame of each is a 19th-century restoration.

The armour stood in the New Horse Armoury in 1877.

Old Tower collection, Hewitt, 1859, 13, II.42; Dillon 1910, 111, II.35

Statistics

Object Provenance:
German, about 1540–50
Arm defences about 1570
Object Number: II.30

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