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Cuirassier Armor
Cuirassier Armor, 1612
Northern Italian or French
Etched and partially blackened steel; leather (replaced)
Weight: 63 lb. (28.58 kg) Height (top edge of comb to bottom edge of tassets): 40 11/16 inches (103.4 cm) Other (girth at waist :exterior...about): 38 9/16 inches (98 cm) Width (across midpoints of shoulders): 24 inches, 2 feet (61 x 61 cm) Width (across outer midpoint of couter: arms relaxed & don't touch cuir): 31 7/8 inches (81 cm) Length (down center of tasset, from waist to midpoint of poleyn): 24 3/16 inches (61.5 cm) Depth (helmet, from brim across to level of rear neck plate): 14 9/16 inches (37 cm) Width (backplate across the waist ... about): 12 13/16 inches (32.5 cm)
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
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Looking Questions

  • What do you notice first?
  • Would this armor protect its owner’s entire body?
  • If you were wearing this armor, which parts of your body could you move easily? Why?
  • Describe the designs. Why would armor be decorated? What do the designs tell us about the owner of this suit?
  • Do you think this was for use in a military battle? Why or why not?

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