Composite comes together
Standing tall among the suits of armour in Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium) sale in May was a composite suit of Augsburg type which sold for €38,000 (£29,230).
Made up from elements of period armour dating to the second half of the 16th century, it was topped by a helm with a ridged skull forged as a single piece and the boldly ridged breast plate was fitted with a hinged lance rest.
Saints marching in
At Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) on June 27 ahigh-quality 19th century replica of a north Italian field armour of c.1560 reached £8000. It is etched overall with bands and borders of foliate scrolls and decorated on the pauldrons with cartouches portraying what appear to be St George and the Dragon and St Joan.
Among the helmets at the Del Mar sale, the outstanding item was this unusually large south German close helmet for field use (above), dating to c.1510-15, which sold at £10,000.