European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Waistcoat Corselet (torso defense) with Pauldrons (shoulder defenses), for use in combat on shipMade in Cologne, Germany, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, German. Made for Shipman Cuntz van Unckel.
Etched and partially blackened steel; brass; leather (replaced)
1977-167-25Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelThis 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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