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Probably by Francesco Negroli (Italian, died before December 1519). Backplate…

Backplate Armorer: Probably by Francesco Negroli (Italian, Milan, died before…

Italian (Milan) steel breastplate, c1545. Formerly part of a parade armor, this is the only signed work of Giovanni Paolo Negroli, a cousin of the more famous Filippo Negroli. Now bright, the breast plate's surface probably was originally russet-colored and the raised and etched areas were gilded. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Breastplate Giovanni Paolo Negroli (Italian, Milan, ca. Culture: Italian, Milan Medium: Embossed and etched steel with faint traces of gilding. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dispelling some Medieval armour myths (with cool pics) -- click for some really interesting reading!

Dispelling some Medieval armour myths (with cool pics)

The jousting armor of Dr. Tobias Capwell, scholar and warrior. A unique armour in the English style, circa 1440 - made of hardened and tempered medium carbon steel with rich gilt ornamentation and gilt chainmail. A real Iron Man.

Ancient Rome. Lorica squamata. The lorica squamata is a type of scale armour used by the ancient Roman military during the Roman Republic and at later periods // Royal Ontario Museum

The lorica squamata is a type of scale armour used by the ancient Roman military during the Roman Republic and at later periods // Royal Ontario Museum

A24 Houndskull basinet, owned by Ernest Hapsburg, Duke of Austria, circa 1400.

Dog Cowl Helmet of Duke Ernst III, son of Leopold von Habsburg, c. iron, forged and embossed

Iron cuirass in Lamellar -like style (Germany, 15th century). Probably an Eastern Roman artistic influence. Resembles Archaic Greek bell cuirass (thorax, 6th century BCE) in shape, and Medieval Roman ("Byzantine") lamellar armour (klibanion) in construction.

Iron cuirass in Lamellar -like style (Germany, century). Probably an Eastern Roman artistic influence. Resembles Archaic Greek bell cuirass (thorax, century BCE) in shape, and Medieval Roman ("Byzantine") lamellar armour (klibanion) in construction.

ca. 1630 Culture: German Medium: Steel Classification: Armor for Man

1630 Culture: German Medium: Steel Classification: Armor for Man

Light Italian cavalry armor from the early-sixteenth century. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor Date: ca. 1510 Geography: Milan Culture: Italian, Milan Medium: Steel, etched and gilt Dimensions: Wt.

A papal guard's breast plate, 17th century, Italy.

Half Armor of a member of the Papal Swiss Guard, c. 1600 with century blued and gilded decoration

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand. 1709 was a fabulous year, but the rest was pretty cool.

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

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