Maximilian Breastplate 1505-15 y.
Our Maximilian Breastplate is forged into a shallow globose form with three sprays of fluting radiating from the waist. There are seven fluting lines in the center spray and 5 in each of the side sprays. The outermost fluting on each of the side sprays is a single sided fluting, more akin to a step. The neck of the breastplate has an angular inward turn. The arms have sliding gussets with similar angular inward turns. The waist is equipped with a wide lame. The fluting is accented by parallel engraved lines and semi-circular engraved ends. The waist lame is crafted with horizontal engraved lines and shallow engraved vertical lines continuing the fluting from the breastplate. The waist lame has a curved cut on each side. Each gusset has a buckle at the top to secure the breastplate to the backplate.
This piece is a true work of art. It combines elegant lines and highly skilled craftsmanship with a great degree of protection. It can be forged from a variety of metals and even accentuated with brass buckles and rivets should you so choose.
Thanks to Wade Allen and his www.allenantiques.com for the image of the original and text.
Please note that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.