Black and white half suit 1550-1580
composed of a burgonet with faceted one piece skull with integral brim and separate tail lame and two cheek plates rough from the hammer surface with raised white bands item number A-251 (formerly displayed with item number A-152 a morion formed from 2 pieces), item number A-107 breast with prominent central point, sliding gussets and fauld of 2 lames, munions item number A-153b formed of one large plate front and back with integral shoulders, a backplate item number A-253 and elbow gauntlets item number A-156-e-f. Breast, main gorget plates, terminal shoulder plates and gauntlet cuffs decorated with arched raised 'white' bands instead of the more usual bands parallel to the edge. Gorget neck lames lacking. Leathers decayed and lost from the munions. Upper-most plate of the right shoulder missing. Breastplate painted on the inside with inventory/arsenal number 3946. Composed, but the breast, gorget, munions and gauntlets are well-matched. The burgonet is from the same period and well matched in style. Breastplate, munions and gauntlets with older black paint. The paint on the burgonet refreshed. The previous helmet (morion) is somewhat later - c. 1600.
Measurements: Breastplate 13 3/4 in. from center of neck roll to waist, 18 in. from center of neck roll to center of roll at the base of the lower fauld lame, 14 /4 in wide under the arms, 12 1/8 in wide at the waist, 17 in. wide at the sides of the fauld, 10 7/8 in wide at the top with the gussets set to the narrowest part of the slot.
Weights: right gauntlet 1 pound 6.4 ounces (635 g), left gauntlet 1 pound 8.8 ounces (695 g), Morion 2 pounds 4 ounces (1025 g), Breastplate 6 pounds 3 ounces (2805 g), Munions 4 pounds 9.2 ounces (2075 g).
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