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Decorated with etched and gilt ornamental bands of zigzag and scroll designs set against a blackened ground, this armor resembles sixteenth-century garments embellished with embroidered bands and edged with lace. The cuirass (breastplate and backplate) is of peascod form, featuring a high, narrow waist extending to a point below the waistline, with a scalloped border, as seen in clothing of the period. A knight could have dressed for crusade or a sporting event by wearing different parts of this full armor.

Worn by an English courtier, this elaborately decorated armor was produced in the royal armory workshops in Greenwich, England. Founded by Henry VIII before 1515, the Greenwich Armory turned out distinctive ware throughout the Tudor and Elizabethan periods and during the early years of the English Civil War (1642–51).

Details

  • Title: Portions of an Armor for Field and Tilt
  • Creator: Jacob Halder and Workshop (English, Greenwich, active 1576–1608)
  • Date Created: About 1590
  • Physical Dimensions: Height (mounted with arm defences): 61 cm (30 in.)
  • Type: Armor
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Steel, etched and gilded, iron, brass, and leather
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, George F. Harding Collection, 1982.2241a–h
  • Artist: Jacob Halder and Workshop (English, Greenwich, active 1576–1608)

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