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Armor, for use in the free Tourney (Freiturnier)

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Saxony, Germany, Europe

c. 1575

Punched steel; leather (replaced)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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This armor illustrates the prolonged use of armor for mock combat at a few German courts when these contests were no longer popular in most parts of Europe. The name painted on the interior of the armor identifies it as re-worn by Lieutenant Colonel Christian Vitzthum von Eckstädt, who took part in the jousts held in 1719 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (1696-1763, ruled as prince elector of Saxony and king of Poland 1733 to 1763) to Archduchess Marie Josephe of Austria (1699-1757).