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Friday, March 14, 2014

Military History Photo Friday: Elaborate Renaissance Arms and Armor

Here are a couple of fine pieces from The Wallace Collection, one of the best private collections of art in London. They have an especially good arms and armor gallery. It's well worth checking out if you're in London.

On the top we have, according to the signage, "a mace of the morning star type, damascened in gold with arabesques and emblematical figures within cartouches of silver piqué." Well that clears that up. It's from Milan c.1560.

Below are some fine parade helmets from the same century, also made in Italy and of the type known as "antique armor", which imitated the styles of parade armor from ancient Rome.


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    1. Yeah, I wish I could have gotten a good shot of the whole thing but the reflection of a nearby light was on the glass. Taking photos in in a museum can be tricky!

  2. That mace and the shield seem to be in excellent condition. Maces makes me cringe. They look so barbaric.


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