Artifact of the Day


Backplate for a youth

Northern Germany (about 1540-1550)

Of hammer-rough steel, now bright, & made for a youth. Very similar to breastplate, but may not be original to it. Boxish, with an old, extended near-level roped neck, & embossed ogival friezes as breastplate. Bossed for shoulderblades, with heart-shaped recess between. Fragments of leather straps within tops of shoulders. Main portion of back riveted to curved waistplate, but in another set of holes to lengthen backplate. Culet lame like fauld. Oblong, tongued buckle at left side of waistplate.