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Waistcoat Corselet (torso defense) with Pauldrons (shoulder defenses), for use in combat on ship

Artist/maker unknown, German. Made for Shipman Cuntz van Unckel.

Made in Cologne, Germany, Europe


Etched and partially blackened steel; brass; leather (replaced)

Height (down the center of the front): 19 3/8 inches (49.2 cm) Height (down the center of the back): 21 7/16 inches (54.5 cm) Width (across the midpoints of the shoulders): 17 1/4 inches (43.8 cm) Waist: 40 3/4 inches (103.5 cm) Depth: 13 3/8 inches (34 cm) Weight: 19.5 lb. (8.84 kg)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 347, Arms and Armor, third floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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This corselet is the only surviving armor in the world identified as having been made in Cologne--a leading center of armor production in Europe. Its construction, which imitates a civilian waistcoat, and the composition of its etched ornamentation suggest some of the stylistic influences from Italian armor that often passed through Cologne on the way to England and the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium).

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