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Period Dutch Cuirassier Armor and Jackboots, Circa 1630
Scarcely Encountered Antique Armor, Exceedingly Rare Jackboots - SOLD

A fine example of a typical Dutch armor of the 1630s… the United Netherlands production of arms and armor was at a peak during the Thirty Years War.
The Dutch Republic was known as the arsenal of the world; Dutch arms were exported worldwide. This armor, from the famous collection of Colonel D. Warton of Hoar Cross Hall, Hoar Cross, Burton-On-Trent, U.K. (We have the bill of sale dated 1972)
The armor comprises of an open burgonet helmet having a bevor to protect the neck and a full comb ridge and original check pieces. The burgonet helmet is made from a single piece of steel; helmet and hinged cheek pieces remain in superb condition.
The gorget features an articulated neck, front and backplate; two pieces, hinged on one side and closed with a push button. The heavy breastplate is of peascod form with a single lame at the waist; breast and backplate retain original leather straps. The pauldrons are all complete with original leather work, the nine lames are each riveted allowing for freedom of movement… an expensive design. The pauldrons are lined with old leather, some replacement lamets, overall good. The heavy cuirassier type breastplate is marked as is the backplate. The tassets are of knee length, comprising of 17 riveted leather strapped segments and display the typical Dutch style featuring sparse floral decorations and finely lined lames. The tassets are to protect the knees; left tasset is an early Victorian replacement matching its counterpart in every detail.

Period Seventeenth Century European Cuirassiers Jackboots with Spurs
Likely the only pair to be sold in the United States in the past fifty years…
A rare opportunity to acquire a true arms and armor rarity.

The jackboot is a heavy, stiffened boot worn by postillion riders in the 17th and 18th centuries. While the jackboot provided excellent protection, the extreme weight, forward cant, and absolute rigidity of the boot makes it utterly unfit for walking. The boot gets its name from the jacked leather, horsehide treated with wax and pitch or tar to make it black and waterproof, from which they were traditionally made
The heavy boots of thick leather are complete with their heavy 17th century rowel spurs and fitments. Front covers are decorated; soles of very heavy leather appear to be original to boots. The boots are 22-1/2" high. Lateral loops for fastening boots to saddle are intact on right boot. Both boots with their original spurs. These are rare cut-proof and impact-proof boots worn by European Cuirassiers in battle and are particularly appropriate to exhibit with a black and white or other type of later half armor. Overall very good condition for a pair of these scarce boots with expected losses like boot pictured in George Cameron Stone's Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor as figure 394, page 312, described as German 16-17th century, (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
The Leather riding boots are in very good condition with minimal loses, any imperfections are minor and constant with age and use.



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