martedì 20 dicembre 2016

1350-1450 Medieval Shoes - Archaeological Finds Vilnius

Medieval Shoes

Archaeological Finds
Lower Castle Vilnius

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mercoledì 14 dicembre 2016

San Michele - Castelsardo

Pala di Castelsardo - San Michele
Cattedrale di Castelsardo
1492 Maestro di Castelsardo

giovedì 1 dicembre 2016

La Cavalleria di Alfonso V di Aragona carica gli infedeli.

La Cavalleria di Alfonso V di Aragona carica gli infedeli.

Miniatura contenuta al'interno del Libro delle Preghiere di Alfonso V (1436-1443)

British Library
Add MS 28962
ff. 78r
 'Preces pro intrandum bellum contra paganos'

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mercoledì 23 novembre 2016

Pala d'Altare Sant Miquel de Cruïlles - Gerona

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Retaule de Sant Miquel de Cruïlles
circa 1416
Lluís Borrassà
Tempera on wood
Museo de Arte ( Gerona )

giovedì 27 ottobre 2016

TESTONE - Bona di Savoia 1476-1481

Giovanni Galeazzo Maria Sforza
Reggenza della Madre, Bona di Savoia (1476-1481)

Dritto. Busto della Duchessa.

Rovescio. Fenice che risorge dalle fiamme.

Materiale Argento.
Diametro 28-29 mm

mercoledì 7 settembre 2016

Bacinetto Becco di Passero

Bacinetto italiano con visiera a becco di passero

Inizio XV secolo

Casco pulito e restaurato alla sua forma originale .
Feritoie inclinate tipiche per gli occhi .
Si prende la forma di un cono su entrambi i lati quasi simmetricamente punzonati fori aria ( con tracce della vecchia riparazione ) .
La visiera è fissato mediante cardine ruotante .

Altezza 27 cm,
peso 2.285 g
Visor 740 g

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lunedì 5 settembre 2016

Bascinet 1400 ca - MET

Bascinet 14th-15th century

1400 ca

Height: 24.8 cm
Ear to Ear Distance: 20.4 cm
Front to Back Distance: 34.3 cm
Weight: 2.37 Kg

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giovedì 1 settembre 2016

Burgundian France Great Bascinet 1430-1440

Great Bascinet.
Possibly Burgundian

Musée de l'Armée
inv. PO638.

Paris. France

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martedì 19 luglio 2016

Sword 1470-1480 Italian

Sword about 1470–80 perhaps Italian

Steel and iron
3 × 102 × 15.5 cm (1 3/16 × 40 3/16 × 6 1/8 in.), 2 lb (weight)

The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection

Double-edged steel blade of flattened hexagonal section over its length, tapering only slightly from the rectangular-section ricasso to the spatulate, pointed tip.
The blade must have been in extremely corroded condition, as it has been ground down, yet retains deep pitting over its length. Both faces of the blade have a series of letters who meaning or purpose are unknown.

The obverse reads HEDECS; the reverse ADICCA. Both sets have at the lower end a mark consisting of two concentric circles, the center of which has a snake-like squiggled line. Both sets read toward the point. The shoulders of the blade are apparently flat, and the tang of rectangular section tapers slightly to the pommel, through which it projects at the top and is hammered flat.

giovedì 14 luglio 2016

Right pauldron

Right pauldron 
Shoulder defense

Perhaps Austria (possibly Innsbruck or Mühlau)
About 1490

Materials : Steel; leather

Measure 25.4 × 30.5 × 25.4 cm (10 × 12 × 10 in.)
Weight 1,1 Kg (2 lb. 7 oz.)

Constructed of 4 lames, with plain outward turns at top and bottom. 
Fluted decoration on rear of second lame down. Lames articulate on rivets at each end, with a sliding rivet at the center. Articulation of the plates is good. 
The articulating rivets have large flat heads inside.
Articulation at the front may originally have been on leathers, as there is an unused rivet on the bottom lame that would have been necessary to secure the leather, but this still leaves unexplained the unused rivet on the back interior of the lowest lame.

mercoledì 13 luglio 2016

Warhammer for Foot Combat - 1440ca

Warhammer for Foot Combat
about 1440

Material iron and wood with copper inlay
Dimension 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.), 4 lb, 8 oz (weight)

Probably French

There is some flattening of the prongs of the hammerhead, and noticeable marking on the haft near the likely position of the upper hand. The haft is very likely original: it fits the head well, and shows the organic contours that suggest hand tooling.

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lunedì 11 luglio 2016

Saint George Bohemian Pavise 1430-1440

Pavis (Big Shield)

Bohemia, Between 1430 and 1440

Material: wood, iron and oil on canvas

Dimensions: h. 143 cm

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martedì 5 luglio 2016

Small Chest Decorated with Animals and Birds

Small Chest Decorated with Animals and Birds

Northern Italy, 15th century
15th century

Wood (cedar) and pastes
Dimensions 45x74x35 cm

Hermitage Museum

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venerdì 1 luglio 2016

Armor of Maximilian I of Austria

Portions of an Armor of Maximilian I of Austria, for use in the German joust of peace (Gestech)

Armor made by Lorenz Helmschmid, German (active Augsburg), c. 1445 - 1516

Height: 26 3/8 inches (67 cm)
Weight (Helm, breast and back plates, both lance-rests, and all screws): 43.9 lb. (19935g)
Width (helm): 13 inches (33 cm)
Waist: 34 1/4 inches (87 cm)

This armor was part of a set of similar suits commissioned by Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 to 1519) from two famous armorers, the brothers Lorenz and Jörg Helmschmid.

The armors were used during the jousts held at Innsbruck, Austria, to celebrate Maximilian's marriage on March 16, 1494, to Bianca Maria Sforza (1472-1510).

Quite popular in German-speaking territories, the Gestech was a form of joust in which two opponents on horse-back used blunted lances to dismount each other from their saddles or to strike a targe (small shield) carried over the chest and left shoulder. The armor used for the Gestech thus included a thick helm sturdily secured onto the breast and back plates and a lance rest at the front and the back to support the weight of the wooden lances.

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AMOR Casket

Casket with an Inscription: 'AMOR'

Dated 15th century

Germany, Rhine

Material: wood and metal

Dimensions: 8,5x20,8x14,4 cm

Hermitage Museum

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Lorenz Helmschmid - Pair of Elbow Gauntlets

Pair of Elbow Gauntlets

Attributed to Lorenz Helmschmid, German (active Augsburg),
c. 1445 - 1516

Dated c. 1485
Steel (right thumb defense missing); latten; leather
Weight: 2.1 lb. (970g)

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giovedì 30 giugno 2016

Cuirass of Gothic Suit of Armour - Hermitage Museum

Cuirass of Gothic Suit of Armour

Germany or Northenr Italy
Third quarter of the 15th century
Dimensions height 60,0 cm

Hermitage Museum

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martedì 28 giugno 2016

Augsburg Medieval Gauntlets 1490

Pair of Gauntlets

Made in Augsburg, Germany, Europe
Dated c. 1490

Weight (each): 10.2 ounces (0.29 kg)
Right Gauntlet: 3 15/16 × 12 11/16 inches (10 × 32.2 cm)
Left Gauntlet: 3 7/8 × 13 1/4 inches (9.9 × 33.7 cm)

The right gauntlet is struck with the inspection mark (a fir cone) of the armorers of Augsburg and the maker's mark (a linden leaf) of an unknown master armorer.

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mercoledì 22 giugno 2016

1390-1400 French Bassinet and Visor

Bassinet and Visor from a Bassinet 

Possibly made in France ca. 1390-1400 

More similar at a French Bassinet 
"Armure de Charles VI. Trésor de la cathédrale de Chartres."

Bassinet: 11 9/16 × 7 3/16 × 9 7/16 inches (29.4 × 18.2 × 23.9 cm) 
Visor: 7 3/4 × 7 5/8 × 8 3/16 inches (19.7 × 19.3 × 20.8 cm)
Weight 5.5 lb. (2.5 kg) 

This bassinet is a rare, well-preserved example of a once relatively common type of knightly helmet. The holes along its lower edge are for securing a lining (now lost) on the interior, and a camail (neck defense of mail) on the exterior, which extended around the neck onto the shoulders.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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lunedì 20 giugno 2016

Pair of Mitten Gauntlets - Austria 1420 1440

Pair of Mitten Gauntlets
Hand defenses

Probably made in Germany or Austria, Europe
Dated c. 1420-1440

Right Gauntlet (b): 5 1/8 × 5 × 9 3/4 inches (13 × 12.7 × 24.7 cm)
Left Gauntlet (a): 4 1/2 × 4 15/16 × 9 7/8 inches (11.5 × 12.6 × 25.1 cm)

These rare gauntlets are of a type recorded on the funeral effigies of many German and Austrian knights, such as that of Peter von Stettenberg (died 1441) at Bronnbach, Germany.

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giovedì 16 giugno 2016

Italian 1475 1500 Hand-and-a-Half Sword

Hand-and-a-Half Sword

Made in Italy, Europe
c. 1475-1500

Partially etched and gilded steel, copper alloy [blade]; iron, wood, velvet, cord [hilt]

Length (overall): 46 3/4 inches (118.7 cm)
Pommel: 3 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 3 3/4 inches (8.3 × 2.9 × 9.5 cm)
Width (Quillons): 11 15/16 inches (30.4 cm) Depth (Quillon Block): 3/4 inches (1.9 cm)
Blade: 2 11/16 × 37 1/16 inches (6.8 × 94.2 cm)

This is one of the finest knightly swords surviving from the late fifteenth century. Particularly outstanding are the mighty forms and harmonious proportions of its pommel and blade, the embellishment of the latter with delicate etched and gilt ornaments, and the overall condition of the entire sword, which retains its original velvet-covered grip.

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venerdì 10 giugno 2016

Chanfron Horse Barding Italy 1460 1480

Headpiece for a horse

Made in Italy, Europe
Possibly made in Tuscany
Date: c. 1460-1480
Medium: Steel

10 5/8 × 3 1/16 × 18 9/16 inches (27 × 7.7 × 47.2 cm)

1 pounds 14.2 ounces (855g)

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giovedì 9 giugno 2016

Medieval Furniture - 1450 Conrad Laib

Conrad Laib

San Corbiano e Nascita di Maria
Padova, Museo Diocesano

Some medieval furniture :

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lunedì 6 giugno 2016

Medieval Engraved Shoe - first 15th century

Medieval Engraved Shoe
late 14th century first 15th century

London Museum

Pointed leather shoe with engraved and scraped decoration.
The surface of the leather has been scraped back to provide a suede-like background to the engraved decoration of leaves.
The back of this shoe is missing.
Medieval shoes were made by 'cordwainers' (the word comes from 'cordwain', or 'cordovan', the name for the leather made in Córdoba, Spain)

Measurements: L 238 mm; W 95 mm

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lunedì 30 maggio 2016

Sallet Barbuta Italy 1450

Sallet / Barbuta
Made in Italy, probably Venice
Date: c. 1450-1470
Medium: Steel (corroded to a brown patina)
Dimensions: Weight: 5.7 lb. (2.59 kg)

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martedì 24 maggio 2016

Parade Shield Villani family Florence

ca. 1380-1450

Kite or long heater shield made of wood covered with painted and gilt gesso, charged with the arms of the Villani family of Florence, from the Palazzo Guadagni, Florence, mid 15th century.

Shield made of wood covered with painted and gilt gesso on the outside and leather on the inside, charged with the arms of the Villani family of Florence, a "griffin rampant sable with a label of three points gules, within a bordure engrailed with gules" (Hayward:European Armour: "gules" is a heraldic term for red). The griffin is composed of thickly built up gesso painted black or dark blue set in a gilt gesso scrolled background. The border is indented with red dog-tooth patterns. According to the early museum records, there was no trace of an arm loop but three nails remained, presumably on the inside.

Arms of the Villani family of Florence 'Or, a griffin rampant sable with a label of three points gules, within a bordure engrailed gules'.

The shield originally belonged to the Villani, a family of prominent wool merchants, who from the 1470s were known for their hostility towards the Medici, the leading family of Florence of the day.

Wooden shields like this example were used for parades, cavalcades and carnivals in 15th century Florence, rather than protection in battle, and were aimed to show off the prestige of a family.

Height: 111.8 cm, Width: 55.9 cm, Depth: 18.2 cm

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giovedì 19 maggio 2016

Florence Wedding Box 1460 - Victoria & Albert Museum London

Florence ca. 1460
Wood, covered with gilt gesso decoration and partly painted in glaze

Its cylindrical shape and the lavish gilding suggest that it was used for storing an expensive hat or elaborate headdress. Similar gilt gesso decoration was used on cassoni or storage chests made in Italy at the same time. 
The decoration is more in keeping with gothic scrolling and heraldry than with the revived interest in classical myths that was one of the hallmarks of the Renaissance. 
The wood may have been cheap but the decoration was expensive and the aim no doubt was to enhance the status of the owner.

Height: 14.6 cm, Diameter: 34.2 cm, Weight: 1.68 kg

Victoria & Albert Museum London

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lunedì 16 maggio 2016

Poleaxe 1470 France

Possibly made in France, Europe
Date: c. 1470-1480
Medium: Steel (Head); wood, replaced (Shaft)
Dimensions Head: 5 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches (14.6 x 32.4 cm)

mercoledì 11 maggio 2016

Cesare Borgia Sword scabbard - 15th century

Italy (northern, made)
ca. 1498 (made)

V&A Museum London

This leather scabbard is decorated on the obverse side with scenes of worship and the sacrifice of a ram to the Goddess of Peace (or possibly Venus), placed above an imperial eagle flanked by scrolls and cornucopias, teminating in a series of marked out but uncompleted motifs. On the reverse side there are a number of CAESAR monograms and groups of three flames, the impresa (or personal emblem) of Cesare Borgia (ca.1475-1507), born in Rome, the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI (1431-1503), and created Cardinal of Valencia in 1493. This side is fitted with three leather tubes near the top, for straps to fasten the scabbard to the baldric.

In addition to these monograms and imprese, there are two cartouches, the upper one containing two amorini placed either side of a damaged coat of arms and the lower one the Goddess of Peace (or Venus). Near the top on the obverse side, the scabbard is inscribed MATERIAM SUPERABIT OPUS (toil will tame the material).

lunedì 9 maggio 2016

Statue Saint George and Dragon - Detail

Detail from Victoria and Albert statue of Saint George and Dragon

Ulm, Germany (probably, made)
ca. 1480-1490 (made)

Statue, Hand carved limewood

St. George stands on an irregular base wearing elaborate armour. 
His raised right hand holds a tournament lance and his left hand is clasped around the turned neck of the dragon. 
It would have been fully painted, but has subsequently been stripped of its colouring with the exception of flesh tone in the face, traces of black colour indicating the pupils, red traces in the mouth, ear, and the wound of the dragon, and green pigments on the base. 
The head of the lance is missing and the index finger of the right hand is a later replacement. 
The back of the body has been hollowed out and the reverse of the base is flat.

Height: 129 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 30.5 cm

venerdì 6 maggio 2016

Frame Purse 1480-1490 Northern Europe

Frame Purse
Private Collection
dated 1480-1490
Northern Europe

height 23cm
width 19,5 cm
depth 4 cm

mercoledì 4 maggio 2016

Decorated Knife Sheat - 14/15th century

Leather knife sheath. Impressed decoration with incised stabbing.
The decoration is divided into two panels denoting the handle and blade areas

Measurements: L 205 mm; W 37 mm

London Museum

martedì 3 maggio 2016

Horseman's Targe

Horseman's Targe (shield) 
painted with the Figure of Saint George and with the Coat of Arms of the Town of Zwickau
Possibly made in Zwickau, Saxony, Germany, Europe
Date:c. 1450
Medium: Wood; gessoed linen; silver; leather; paint
Approximately: 27 × 16 1/2 inches, 7.9 lb.
(68.6 × 41.9 cm, 3.6 kg)

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