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Breastplate for Use on Foot in the Field

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Nuremberg, Germany, Europe


Steel; leather

18 1/8 x 14 15/16 x 5 3/4 inches, 4.4 lb. (46 x 37.9 x 14.6 cm, 2010g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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

Accession Number:

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

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This infantry breastplate belongs to a set of four thousand ordered in 1508 from the city of Nuremberg by Maximilian I (ruled as Holy Roman Emperor 1493 to 1519). It is one of only two known examples that are stamped with the control marks from both Nuremberg and Augsburg, which indicate that the Nuremberg breastplates shipped to Maximilian were inspected at Augsburg to ensure their quality.

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