A Beautiful Antique European Victorian Period Etched Steel TARGET/Shield in the style of the 16th Century, made circa. 19th-Early 20th Century
A Beautiful Antique European Victorian Period Etched Steel TARGET/Shield in the style of the 16th Century, made circa. 19th-early 20th century. The shield is of convex circular form to a outward formed central peak and measures 22.25" in diameter. The shield has very high-quality acid etching in decorative patterns over the front surface. The border has a roped edge. A wonderful item to display.
NOTE: This may have been made in the workshop of Ernst Schmidt or copied by a later firm to supply the demand for interior décor.
Ernst Schmidt was a dealer in the 19th century who supplied the demand for ancient European arms & armor through the Victorian Period. The 19th century saw a revival of interest of objects from the Renaissance and ancient medieval cultures that influenced architecture, decoration, furnishings, art, culture, and many other things. This renewed awareness led to an intense affinity of arms and armor and from that a demand for quality affordable reproductions was born and now these items are considered antique collectibles in their own category.