Allen Antiques

These are the Miscellaneous Pieces in the Allen study collection.
Brigandine plates

Brigandine plates 14th-16th century

Brigandine plates. 14 small and 2 larger plates from a brigandine. The two large plates are 6 1/4 and 6 1/2 inches long, and just over 3/4 inches wide. They have a row of closely-spaced rivets at the upper edge. The rivets are app. 3/8 inch on center. The smaller plates are also slightly over 3/4 inches tall. Most are app. 1 1/2 inches long. The smaller plates fall into 2 types. 13 are rectangular/trapezoidal with (generally) 2 rivets at the upper edge. The last plate is oval and has 3 rivets which are of a different form - larger, flatter heads. The plates vary signifcantly in curvature. Many seem to have been flattened or bent after their working life.

Not for sale.

Plates.

Plates. late 15th-early 16th c.

Large number of eastern armour plates including two circular Turkish breast plates (krug), two shoulder defences, a cheek piece from a Shaffron and a large number of plates from a mail and plate shirt retaining traces of engraved decoration. In excavated condition. From the personal collection of Claude Blair.

Not for sale.

Shaffron Cheek Plate.

Shaffron Cheek Plate. late 15th-early 16th c.

Turkish. Remains of etching on the surface. With a raised section in the middle and a flare over the eye. In excavated condition. From the personal collection of Claude Blair.

Not for sale.

Brigandine plates

Brigandine plates 15th-16th c

From the Thames at the Queensbury Dock, near Southwark bridge. Composed of 4 different plates, varying in size. One with star-decorated rivets. Two with capped rivets. One larger with many rivets.

Not for sale.

Skull cap

Skull cap circa 1500

One piece bowl cut out over the ears. Pierced with 2 small holes above each ear and one at the front and back. Painted with 57 inside. Brass tag stamped 650 attached to one side. From the George F. Harding Collection, previously ex collection Archduke Eugen - Fortress Hohenwerfeni.

8 1/4in. long, 7in. wide, 4in. deep.

Thickness varies. Generally the thickest area is around the edge where there are some spots which reach .11in, on average closer to .095in. One inch in from the edge is is app. .090in (varying between .085 and .1). Two inches in it is app. .075 in, varying up to .085. Three inches in the thickness is generally .060-065in. Assuming the progression of thickness is indicative of the manufacture, it seems that the arches over the ears were likely cut from the completed form since thethickness is consistent with simlar distances from the main edge, not from the edge of the arch.

Not for sale.

Sallet

Sallet circa 1500-10

North Italian. Formed of a hemispherical skull rising to a low medial ridge with a brow and tail plate. The brow plate rises to a central point. The brow and tail plate have narrow inward turns on the bottom edge. Overall heavily pitted, chipped, and in places holed. The skull shows signs of hammer marks on the inside and a smoother finish on the outside. There are 8 rivets or holes which have lost the rivets that appear to have been used to secure the lining. The brow and tail plates secured by rivets on each end to the skull (the one on the right side of the tail lame broken out). Small brazed repairs, a working life riveted repair at the nape and a modern repair at the center of the tail. The type of helmet, form of the helmet, condition and repairs are consistent with pieces from the armoury of the Knights of St. John at Rhodes. For items from this source see The Medieval Armour From Rhodes - Karcheski and ,Richardson.

Measurements: 7 3/4 in. (19.8 cm) high, bowl 8 1/4 wide at the side and 10 1/4 long. 12 1/2 in. long overall between the center of the brow and the end of the tail. Brow and tail lame 1 3/4 in tall at the ends, brow 3 in. tall at the center point and tail 2 1/2 in. tall in the center.

Thickness (after significant corrosion): tail and brow plates vary between .020 and .050 inches, mostly .040-.050 in. the bowl is harder is to measure but the lower parts are mostly .050-060 in.

Weight 3 pounds 0.8 ounces (1380 g).

Not for sale.

Tasset terminal plate

Tasset terminal plate circa 1505

German. Rectangular form with widely spaced radiating flutes. Flutes with parallel incised lines on each side except for the outer-most flute which is formed as a step and only has one incised line. Upper edge bevelled, lower edge with recessed border and simple ridge simulating a roll. Holes indicate this plate was originally attached ot the other plates by a sliding rivet at the outer edge and an interior leather at the center and inner edge.

4 1/4in. tall.

Thickness varies between .060in, and .035in. Generally between .050 and .045, thinning toward the bottom and inner end.

Not for sale.

Crinet Plates

Crinet Plates circa 1510-20

Likely Italian. 2 lames most likely forming the second and third plates from the top of the crinet (the top plates that are not attached to the chanfron). The edges with half rolls and bordered by a line of lining holes. Decorated with etching. Etching closely resembles that on Mantova B-10 and similar to the etching on the subsidiary plates of Henry VIII "tonlet" armour from 1520

Not for sale.

Backplate

Backplate circa 1510-20

German. 5 sprays of flutes, 5 flutes in the center spray, 3 each in the other sprays. Flutes radiate from the bottom. Arm holes bordered with a simple raised ridge. 2 holes at the center top. Likely trimmed slightly at the top. Heavily worn, much of the engraved lines on each flute worn away. Formed of a main plate with 2 small extension plates. Waist lame with 3 dependent culet lames. Culet with 3 sprays of flutes. Internal riveted patches in culet lames.

Height - main plate 12 3/4 in. tall. 14 3/4 in. wide under the arms, 10 1/2 in. wide at the waist (center of the waist lame).

Thickness .030 in. to .064 in. On average around .050. There are no signs of intentionally thin or thick areas.

Not for sale.

Tasset

Tasset circa 1510-20

Formed of 3 narrow plates and one larger plate. Decorated with 7 vertical flutes (each accented with parallel vertical lines) and a recessed border at the bottom bordered by a plain, angular inward turn at the edge. The upper plate is flaired out at the front corner to fit the center of the fauld. Plates connected by sliding rivets at the outside and two internal leathers (center and inside).

Not for sale.

German child

German child"s backplate circa 1520

Made for a child"s armour. Remains of Nuremburg guild mark on the right shoulder. It has been heavily patched with well executed riveted patches. Cullet associated.

seller claimed that this piece was formerly in the Joseph Kindig collection.

Ex. Coll. Bashford Dean. Sold as lot 279 in the Arms and Armor sale Parke-Bernet Galleries Oc 13 and 14 1943. It is listed in the catalogue as:

Child"s Maximillian Backplate German circa 1510-20.With numerous close flutings of varying widths. Shows minor restoration. Nuremberg mark at shoulder. Composite carge-rein of two lames ornamented with eched bands. (Dean) Collection of Dr Bashford Dean. illustrated.

Not for sale.

Bottom plates from a pair of German Tassets

Bottom plates from a pair of German Tassets circa 1520-30

of bright steel embossed and engraved in imitation of the slashed civilian clothing of the period. Each curved to the shape of the thigh, the lower edge (cracked) boldy roped and bordered by a recessed border defined by 2 ridges. The upper edge cusped in the center. Domed brass rivets replaced. Height 5 inches (12.8 cm).

Provenance F.H. Cripps-Day.

Exhibited Wilmer House Museum, Farnham, 3-29 April 1962, No. 8.

Not for sale.

Lame from a Spaulder or Pauldron

Lame from a Spaulder or Pauldron circa 1520-30

central area fluted with typical Maximillian flutes with engraved lines on the sides of each flute.

Not for sale.

Tasset plates

Tasset plates circa 1530?

German. 1 large terminal plate and 2 small plates. Closely set flutes. One lame detatched.

Bottom plate 3 1/4 in. tall. Other plates 1 1/2 in. tall, broadening to 1 5/8 or 1 3/4 in. at the rivet locations.

Thickness varies .060-.020 in., generally .045-.040 in.

Not for sale.

South-German Tassets

South-German Tassets mid 16th century

For a half armour. Seven lames, the upper four detachable. Creased center line. Hammered floral decor, turned and roped edges, lateral double decorative lines. Decorative file work at the centers of the tops of the lames. Very nice, full form. Old leathers (one detatched from one plate). Old rivets and matching buckles (some tongues defective).

Not for sale.

Tournament Visor

Tournament Visor circa 1550

Tournament visor formed of dished sheet pierced crudely with square and triangular holes. Signs of chisel over-strikes at the corners of holes. Ex. royal house of Hanover.

Not for sale.

Backplate

Backplate circa 1550-1600

One large central plate with small side plates under the arms and a separate culet of one plate. Overall blackened and rough from the hammer with raised bands at the center and sides, and recessed borders at the top, arms and bottom of the culet.

Not for sale.

South German Armour Parts

South German Armour Parts circa 1550-60

Pauldrons, fauld and tassets. All matching. Rolled and roped borders with parallel pairs of raised lines as border. Pauldrons of 6 upward-lapping lames in a particularly German fashion normally associated with Augsburg. Pauldron plates attached by leathers at most points. Sliding rivets at the back of the lower 5 plates. Fauld of 3 lames with sliding rivets and internal leathers including an edge leather for lining. Fauld with central crease and parallel lines at the ends of the plates. Center of bottom plate arched slightly with rolled and roped border. Matching tassets of 5 lames connected by sliding rivets at the outer edge and internal leathers at the center and inside. Tassets suspended from the fauld by 3 buckles each. Buckles with filed decoration. Rolled edges on the inside and bottom of the tasset plates. The pauldrons and tassets retain leather strips riveted inside the outer edge for securing the linings.

Not for sale.

Tasset end plate

Tasset end plate circa 1550-60

German. From a garniture. Cupped under the knee and with 2 keyhole slots to secure it to the end of a tasset. Decorated with etching in three bands around the edge and at the center. In each cae the central band wider than the side bands. Roped around the edge. With pairs of rivets simulating leather rivets at the center and inside. Due to the quality of the manufacture and etching, and the fact that it is an exchange piece, this formed part of a very good quality armour. Ex. Royal Armoury of Portugal in Lisbon in 1834.

Not for sale.

Chanfron

Chanfron circa 1550-80

Formed of one large plate covering two thirds of the front of the head, separate plates covering the ears and a central spike. The main plate is formed to the top of the head and with a raised ridge in the lower half. The upper and lower sections have a central roped ridge. The edges of the eye holes are raised. The main edges are decorated with simple half turns, the lower portion with a recessed border. There is a line of brass capped iron rivets with decorated washers to secure the lining. The central spike is secured to a central bolt secured to the inside of the main plate by two rivets. The spike is later, the decorative plate at the base of the spice appears to be old. The ear plates have a central crease, turned edge and recessed border. There are small patches in one ear plate and in the upper roped ridge. There are some flush rivets at the edge which would have secured the crinet and side plates.

Not for sale.

Terminal Fauld Lame

Terminal Fauld Lame circa 1560-70

Brunswick. Of plain form with inward roped border at the bottom rising in a low arch at the center. Pairs of holes at the top to secure tasset leathers and two holes at the center for an interior leather. The top with keyhole slots to allow it to be secured to and detached from a shorter fauld likely of one lame. Ex. Brunswick Ducal Armoury, Wolfenbuttel. Schloss Marienburg.

Not for sale.

Fauld

Fauld circa 1560-70

Brunswick. Of two plates. The lower with inward rolled edge at the bottom and rising to a low arch at the center. The plates decorated by recessed polished bands at the center and middle of each side between a raised, rough from the hammer, originally blackened surface. With single holes at the top of the bottom plate to secure tasset leathers and a pair of holes at the center for an internal leather. Ex. Brunswick Ducal Armoury, Wolfenbuttel. Schloss Marienburg.

Not for sale.

Fauld

Fauld circa 1560-70

Brunswick. Of two plates. The lower with inward rolled edge at the bottom and rising to a low arch at the center. The plates decorated by recessed polished bands at the center and middle of each side between a raised, rough from the hammer, originally blackened surface. With single holes at the top of the bottom plate to secure tasset leathers and a pair of holes at the center for an internal leather. Ex. Brunswick Ducal Armoury, Wolfenbuttel. Schloss Marienburg.

Not for sale.

Fauld

Fauld circa 1560-70

Brunswick. Of two plates. The lower with a roped, inward turned roll on the central arch. Remains of four rivets with rosette washers to secure the tassets. The upper lame designed to be secured by a turning hook at each side to a breastplate or a shorter fauld. Ex. Brunswick Ducal Armoury, Wolfenbuttel. Schloss Marienburg.

Not for sale.

Italian Backplate

Italian Backplate circa 1560-80

Good form, designed for use without a fauld. Arm, neck and bottom edges with rolled and slightly roped borders. Arm and neck rolls formed over wire, the roll on the waist flare is smaller in diamer and shows no sign of ever having wire inside. Raised decorative bead running parallel to the arm holes and along the neck (descending at the center of the back). The decorative bead also roped. Engraved line at center - along the backbone. Rusted and cleaned.

Height (inside, neck hole to waist flare) 14 3/8 inches, width under arm holes 14 inches (narrowing to 13 1/4 at the very front edge), width at waist 11 inches, width of neck hole app. 9 1/2 inches, width at top 12 1/8 inches, the waist flare mostly app. 3/4 inch wide, narrowing at the center to 1/2 inch.

Thickness .020 in. to .050 in. Mostly .032 - .040. Thickness varies without any real pattern, possibly generally thinner at the most dished areas.

Not for sale.

Gorget with munions

Gorget with munions circa 1560-90

German. Unmarked, but most likely Nuremberg. Black with polished recessed bands at the borders. Decorated with two narrow recessed grooves at the center of the front, back and down the center of each shoulder. Collar formed of 3 plates front and back. The lower plate coming to a blunt point at the front and back. Outer edge with a recesed band with raised border. The upper plate with a pronounced plain inward turned roll. Hinged at the left with an integral hinge and secured by a pair of pins at the right. Shoulders of 7 plates. The second plate shaped over the point of the shoulder. The terminal plate with an iron buckle and mount to secure the strap around the arm. The collar plates are secured by three leathers front and back, each secured to the plates by two rivets in each plate. The shoulders have a row of sliding rivets at the back and two leathers (center and front). The rear of the spaulders is secured to the gorget by a short leather strap. Recessed bands lke these are normally associated with Nuremberg. Blackened surface of modern paint, all rivets, leathers and neck pins replaced.

Not for sale.

Gusset from a Breastplate

Gusset from a Breastplate late 16th c.

Roll roped, the surface of the plate etched.

Not for sale.

Lame from a Knee

Lame from a Knee late 16th c.

central crease. Significant loss to one end.

Not for sale.

Pair of tasset lower plates

Pair of tasset lower plates circa 1580

Narrow rolled decoration with fine roping. Short sections of sunk border with additional recessed flute. Embossed decoration. Black ground with polished raised decoration of stylized leaves, vines and zoomorphic heads.

Not for sale.

Tassets

Tassets circa 1580

Tassets each of five upward-lapping lames. The rounded bottom edge of the final lame with a full inward turn and parallel ridge, each roped. The ends of each plate with roped half-rolls. Each tasset with a central crease and small filed notch at the center of the top edge. Tassets originally designed for 3 buckles, re-fitted for 2 buckles to match the fauld lame on the breastplate A-114b. Right tasset with 2 notch assembly marks on inside of the plates.

Not for sale.

Tasset end plate

Tasset end plate circa 1580

Single plate. Inward turned roll around the bottom edge extending up the sides. 2 keyhole slots at the top for attachment to the upper tasset plates. Embossed and recessed decoration with etching. Recessed border around the edge with etching. Central band of etching. Purportedly from the Madrid Real Armeria after the Spanish Civil War (according to the seller), also attributed possibly to the Lisbon armoury.

Not for sale.

Crinet plates

Crinet plates circa 1580

3 plates, most likely the second, third and fourth plates from the head. Decorated with raised ovals bridging the plates. Etched decoration overall in the recessed areas and a narrows band of roped etching around the ovals. Retaining many original rivets including 2 rivets with decorative washers for securing straps. The plates were originally secured with central sliding rivets and leathers on each side. Purportedly from the Lisbon armoury.

Not for sale.

Cheek plates

Cheek plates circa 1580-1600

2 parts of a cheek plate - probably from a cabasset, possibly from a morion. These plates were originally of high quality. The rolled and roped border on the edges of the plates are tall, squared, and even. The roping is deep and crisp. The roll on the bottom plate is terminated cleanly with a step to allow the upper plate to overlap it. The bottom edge of the upper plate is cusped and beveled.

Not for sale.

Tasset

Tasset circa 1590

Italian. Good quality tasset etched in the characteristic Pisan fashion. Formed of 13 plates - larger ones at the top and bottom and 11 narrow ones. Border with inward turned ropped rolls. Bottom plate with additional raised and roped ridge terminating in two raised medallions near the center. Retains some gilding. All rivets removed. Currently secured by temporary bolts.

Not for sale.

Italian Tassets

Italian Tassets 16th c. (2nd half)

Composed of 9 lames. The edges of the plates rolled and roped. The upper plate with 2 holes for the attachment of the suspension buckles. The plates secured to each other by a row of sliding rivets at the outer edge and 2 rows of leathers (expertly replaced in the past). The tassets have been etched in the "Pisan" manner - with trophies of armor etc.

Not for sale.

Backplate

Backplate circa 1600

Backplate. Probably German. High quality with engraved lines at the center of the back. Waist flared agressively. Rolled and roped borders on the arms, waist flare and neck. Arms, neck and waist flare also bordered by a shallow recessed band. Roped edges change angle of the roping at the middle reflecting higher quality work and more care than is usual on munition pieces. Hinged, threaded post at the waist for the attachment of a removable culet (rear portion of the fauld). This method of attachment is rarely illustrated since armours are not often illustrated from the back. For an illustration of this mechanism used to secure tassets to a breastplate see page 94-95 of Les armures des Rois de France au Musee de l"Armee (inv. G.196). The ends of the arm and waist rolls are stepped to allow the breastplate to overlap the backplate app. 3/4 inch. Remains of old cloth strip secured by rivets and washers inside the waist flare. Rivets are iron with brass caps. Rivets, washers and cloth appear to be working life. 2 brass-capped rivets on the right side of the waist with remants of leather remain. On the left side there is one rivet and one post with a horizontal hole (both with remains of leather as well). Rectangular iron roller buckles are secured to each shoulder by iron, sheet mounts. Height (neck to waist flare, inside) 14 1/2 inches, width at base of arm hole 12 5/8 inches, width at waist 11 inches, width of neck hole 6 3/8 inches, overall width at top 9 3/4 inches.

Not for sale.

Gorget with munions and tassets

Gorget with munions and tassets circa 1600

Comprising a gorget of 3 plates front and back with integral shoulder protection of 6 plates (munions) and a pair of long tassets. Each with recessed polished bands in the main and raised bands on the secondary edges. All parts cleaned and releathered. Munions and tassets retain the buckles which appear to be replacements. The rolls on the bottom plate taper from the center. The inner edges of the top 3 plates are rolled and have recessed borders. The edges of these plates curve around the area where the cod piece might be. The tassets are assembled using sliding rivets along the outer edge and leathers at the center and inside.

Not for sale.

Tasset

Tasset circa 1620

for the right thigh. From a Cuirassier armour. Main tasset of 10 plates. The upper plate boxed to fit to the flair at the base of the breastplate and with a keyhole slot to be secured to a stud on the breastplate and a washer that secured the central strap. The bottom 8 plates with a central crease and notched at the top. Detachable poleyne of 4 plates. The third forming a cop. Recessed borders on the sides of the tasset plates. The cop and lower plate without a crease. The tasset retaining some original leathers at the center and inner edge. Poleyne secured to the tasset by a rivet engaging a keyhole slot on the outside and a small turning pin on the inside of the leg. Retains much (possibly original) russet finish. From the Armoury of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, removed from Schloss Langenburg.

Not for sale.

Backplate

Backplate circa 1640

One piece with integral collar. Flair at the waist. Rolls at the neck, arms and waist. Remains of stamps near the neck.

Not for sale.

Backplate

Backplate circa 1640

One piece with integral collar. Flair at the waist. Rolls at the neck, arms and waist. Remains of stamps near the neck - IW and one less clear which appears to be an a surmounted with something (some version of the London Armourer"s company mark). IW is recorded as registered to John Wright between 1637-1647 and also seems to have been used by Joseph Whorewood between 1648 and 1678.

Not for sale.

Tassets from a Pikeman

Tassets from a Pikeman"s armour circa 1640

Formed of one piece with simulated lames. One a good modern copy.

Measurements: 12 1/4 in. wide at the bottom, 11 in. roll-to-roll at the top, 8 5/8 in. tall at the outside7 1/2 in. tall at the inside (measured just before the cut off corner).

Thickness: the right (authentic) one is .050-.065, most commonly about .060 in., the left (modern) one is app. .028 in.

Weight: right 1 pound 7.8 ounces (675 g), left 14.2 ounces (405 g).

Not for sale.

Buckle

Buckle 17th century or later

Of iron, Decorated. With later metal mount. Round tongue

Not for sale.

Buckle

Buckle 2nd half of the 16th century

Made and mounted for use as a shoulder buckle on a breastplate. Cut from sheet and filed. Tongue formed from thinner sheet, tapering to a point. The mounting plate is attached to the rear portion of the buckle so that the strap can pass under the breastplate when in use. Most likely German

Not for sale.

Rondel

Rondel circa ?

rondel for an armet. Heavily cusped edge, fluted. Rough. Pitted and cleaned. With central post for attachment to helmet

Not for sale.



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