An Excellent Antique Victorian Period Miniature Suit of European Pikeman's Armor in the style of the 17th century
c. 19th Century.
An Excellent Antique Victorian Period Miniature Suit of European Pikeman's Armor in the style of the 17th century, c. 19th century. 24.5” tall overall. A very good quality Pikeman's armor in the style of the late 16th century consists of the Pikeman's "pot" helmet, breastplate and tassets (all hand hammered and formed). The armor is on a wood display stand. The helmet has both earflap protectors. The breastplate has the musket shot proof mark on the right side (just like the real examples). The Victorian period (1837-1901) had a huge Gothic revival for interior décor for the wealthy. Mansions and castles were decorated with all sorts of medieval weapons and suits of armor of all sizes. Original antique arms & armor were in short supply resulting in a few companies producing very high-quality copies to fill the demand which are now very collectible antiques. The metal has some minor dents, cracks, and a mixed dark brown rust age patina. A great little armor ready for display.
NOTE: The "musket shot proof" was performed during the period to test the armor's effectiveness against a direct hit from a musket ball. If the musket ball did not penetrate, then the armor passed the test and was issued to a soldier.