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Reinforcing Breastplate Bevor, and Grandguard for the Joust

A work made of steel.
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  • A work made of steel.

Date:

c. 1560

Artist:

South German, Augsburg

About this artwork

By the sixteenth century, armorers devised this steel reinforcement as replacement for wooden shields or targes used in the joust. The section covering the shoulder, known as a grandguard, was bolted down firmly over the left side together with a reinforcing (second) breastplate. The grandguard served as a target and was often fitted with a trellis pattern to grapple the lance head after impact. The helmet was bolted to the upper section (bevor) for added thickness and protection, replacing the heavy jousting helm of the past.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Reinforcing Breastplate Bevor, and Grandguard for the Joust

Origin

Augsburg

Date

1555–1565

Medium

Steel

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2677a-c

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