White Armor with Brass Borders

English, late 14th century
built 1991

This harness features a bascinet, a globose breastplate, and hourglass gauntlets. The cheerful grin of the visor provides much-needed downward visibility. The left side of the visor is clean of breaths, since it is a likely target for an opponent's lance. The hinges are integral to the pieces, and not applied separately, a feature frequently seen in contemporary illustrations, although few original pieces are extant (the vambrace in Chartres and a gauntlet cuff from Wisby are notable exceptions).

All major pieces of this harness are outlined in applied brass, engraved with geometric patterns and invocations to the saints. A close-up (180K image) of a similar pair of gauntlets is available.

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