Please note this armour was not made by William Hurt but rather the credit must go to by the talented Per Lillelund-Jensen.
Italian Export Cuirass and Pauldrons
An Extremely Fine Reproduction Italian Export Cuirass and Pauldrons, circa 1470.
Made by Per Lillelund-Jensen
Hardened Steel, oil-tanned buff leather £8000- obo
This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a unique armour ensemble. These pieces exemplify the stunning, masterful work of the Danish armourer Per Lillelund-Jensen, one of the best such craftsmen working in the world today and a specialist in Italian armour of the 15th-century.
The cuirass is a close copy of the important Italian export armour of Duarte of Almeida, a Portuguese knight who served as standard bearer at the Battle of Toro (War of the Castilian Succession, 1476), now in Toledo Cathedral. This armour is a striking example of how Italian armourers adjusted their own style of armour design to reflect the fashionable tastes of their foreign clients. Here the smooth, rounded lines of the Milanese fashion are combined with the sharp cusps and points typical of the armour preferred by Iberian men-at-arms.
The breastplate is constructed in two main parts - upper breastplate and plackart; these parts are attached to each other by means of straps at either side. This method of wear provides an exceptional range of movement side-to-side and up and down. The backplate is made up of a four-part upper backplate, fluted with the edges flamboyantly engrailed, and a lower backplate; the two sections articulate on a single central strap in the usual Italian way.
The edges of the cuirass plates are also decorated with sharp file-marks, a detail typical of fine Italian export armour but rarely found on modern replicas. The main straps are also fitted with fine steel strapends.
The lance-rest, lowermost skirt lames, and front-, side-, and hind-tassets, all of which are now missing from the original, have here been restored, according to our best guess of what they might have looked like.
The impressive pauldrons, of the Italian 'angel-wing' type, are precise copies of those found on the famous Italian armour of Roberto da Sanseverino in the Hofjagd -und Rustkammer, Vienna.
The work of Per Lillelund-Jensen is very highly regarded internationally, but is also extremely difficult to acquire, since the artist is not a full-time armour-maker and rarely takes on commissions. A few of his other works can be seen at: www.olofsgillet.org/per.
The ensemble was made to fit a wearer around 5' 11"- 6' tall and having a waist measurement of around 36-38 inches, but is adjustable to some extent. It is very robust and suitable for both mounted and infantry combat.
The owner wishes to sell to finance other projects.
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