Allen Antiques


Two similar elbows with associated arm pieces. Both for the left arm. Each with gutter shaped upper cannon (one restored), boldly formed couter with flanged upper and lower edges. One of the edges forms a half roll with a parallel incised line, the other has a bent up and then down edge. Tapering lower cannon cut with a long slot to accomadate the hand defences. Italian, or possibly south German. The lower arms appear to have been adapted to form a splint simulating a lower quality arm. Originally the vambraces appear to have formed parts of normal full vambraces. The elbows are the interesting elements. They represent examples of an early 16th c. form of large floating elbow that leads to the maximillian form when flutes are added. The elbows would have been secured to the upper and lower arms by a leather strap in the front and (if all of the existing holes are original) another at the back. Then the elbow would be secured to the arm by means of a Y strap secured at two points at the back and one in the center of the front which would be closed by a buckle. From the collections of the Counts Schenk von Stauffenberg.

Similar ones are preserved in Madonna Delle Grazie - Mantova on the armour B9, and the Royal Armouries housed at the Tower of London and Leeds (from Rhodes).

Maximum width of the wing 8 in. 5 5/8 in. at the back edge. From center of elbow crease to point of cop 7 1/4 in.

Measurements of the slightly larger copy with beveled edge - thickness of the wing area .022-.030 in. back of the cop mostly .030, some areas down to .025, others up to .052 in. front of cop mostly .040-.050 in.

Weight: first elbow 11 ounces (310 g), second elbow including the leather straps and buckle 12.8 ounces (365 g).


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