Royal Armouries

Demilance Armour

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LOK II.132

Demilance armour. Italian, 1610-20 (II.132)

  • LOK II.132

    Demilance armour. Italian, 1610-20 (II.132)

  • Demilance armour. Italian, 1610-20 (II.133)

    Demilance armour. Italian, 1610-20 (II.133)

Statistics

Object Provenance:
Italian, 1610–20
Object Number:
II.132

Demilance Armour

Description

This is the type of three-quarter armour made in Italy in the second quarter of the 17th century. The helmet is a close helmet of the type called ‘alla Viscontea’, the skull made in one piece with a low, filed roped comb, the visor made in two parts, a pivoting peak and a lower visor, the upper edge cut down at either side to form the sights, pierced with a rosette of breaths at the right, and fitted with single gorget plates front and rear. The gorget is formed of a single plate front and rear, with a low, upright flange at the neck.

The breastplate has a low medial ridge, a moderate point at the waist and a flange at the waist. The main edges have roped inward turns, and it is fitted with a lance rest. The arm defences comprise full pauldrons, upper cannons with turners, bracelet couters. The tassets are of thirteen lames attached to the flange of the breastplate with straps and buckles in the 16th century style, with detachable poleyns of four lames.

In the New Horse Armoury the armour can be seen

Probably purchased in 1826 from the armoury of the Knights of St John, Malta; numbered in place of a pikeman’s armour about 1950

Statistics

Object Provenance:
Italian, 1610–20
Object Number:
II.132

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