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“Maximilian” field armor of the “Fico” group, with associated helmet

Southern Germany (Nuremberg) (about 1525-30, with decoration about 1805)

From the so-called "Fico" group of armors. Most of the decoration is later, from about 1805. (WJK)
The helmet is unrelated per LaRocca 1989: 5; also implied in Karcheski and Duval 1984: no. 4.

Preliminary findings by Dr. Alan Williams (Cambridge University, UK) of metallurgy of Higgins Armory Museum items, based on tests conducted in the Fall of 1998, with comments provided on 23 February 1999: A sample was detached from the rim of the bevor at front. The microstructure consists of ferrite and slag only (Iron)