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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