Schuler Auktionen March 2022 Armour
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Original XV-XVI century European armour in the Spring 2022 sale at Schuler Auktionen


From March 21st to March 25th, 2022, Schuler Auktionen will, as part of their spring auction, put up original military antiques from Europe and Asia - over 150 lots altogether. Among the top lots - a luxuriously decorated breastplate from a Milanese suit of armour from the XVI century, a large bascinet helmet from Northern Italy (XV century), a close helmet from Southern Germany (XVI century), a round Indo-Persian dhal shield (XIX century), and other unique lots.

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Breastplate from a Milanese suit of armour, likely circa 1550-1570.
Breastplate from a Milanese suit of armour, likely circa 1550-1570.
Iron, patina. Height of around 55 cm., width of around 40 cm.
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A breastplate from a Milanese suit of armour from the Renaissance era (estimated at 5’000 - 8’000 EUR) with a gold and silver encrustation. The centre is adorned with an image of a battle of four horsemen, a profile image of a warrior, likely Mars, under the neckline and between two winged gods, possibly Jupiter and Venus. A tired, bearded god in the centre at the bottom - Saturn or Cronus under two scythes and encircled by two river gods. The reverse side has a fully preserved leather covering and the remains of emblazonment in shabby condition.

Large bascinet helmet, Northern Italy, circa 1450.
Large bascinet helmet, Northern Italy, circa 1450.
Refined steel, thickness of 1-2 mm, height of 28 cm, weight of 3390 g.
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The large domed bascinet of the XV century (estimated at 3’000 - 5’000 EUR) from Northern Italy is forged out of a solid sheet of refined steel 1 mm. thick and 2 mm. in the front. The top of the dome is situated right above the nape of the neck and is the starting point for the elegantly curved neckline. All edges have a clean finish. The rivets for the lining have minimal remains of leather around the face opening, the area of the neck contains two rows of fastening holes for the inner lining. An impressive, initially removable faceshield with a ribbed protrusion in the centre and a convenient sighting slit.

A close (mantle) helmet, Southern Germany, circa 1520-1540.
A close (mantle) helmet, Southern Germany, circa 1520-1540.
Iron, patina. Height of 31 cm, weight of 2640 g.
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The close helmet, a helmet with an armoured collar from Southern Germany (estimated at 3’000 - 5’000 EUR), has a single-piece skull and a comb adorned with a lace pattern. The bottom right contains a spring-loaded latch, there is a protrusion adorned with a lace pattern under the sighting slit, the centre of the collar is coarsely engraved with the letter “H”. The beaver and faceshield were likely refastened in the XIX century with rivets and copper washers. The lining rivets have brass heads, inside with the remains of the original lining.

Note:

  • Probably refurbished in the XIX century.
A close (mantle) helmet, historicism in the German style circa 1570.
A close (mantle) helmet, historicism in the German style circa 1570.
Iron. Height of 28 cm, weight of 4004 g.
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The close helmet - historicism in the German style of the XVI century (estimated at 1’800 - 3’000 EUR). A solid dome with a comb in the centre and with a spring-loaded latch. The beaver and faceshield are held by two buckles.

A general’s service cap with two sashes, historicism circa 1940.
A general’s service cap with two sashes, historicism circa 1940.
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A general's service cap and two sashes (estimated at 400 - 800 EUR) - an historical replica of the second half of the XX century. The service cap close to size 52 in perfect condition made from starched fabric with a chin strap and a black varnished leather visor. Two short sashes 53 cm in length with longitudinal lines and the brush in good condition.

Powder flask, Germany XVII century.
Powder flask, Germany XVII century.
Horn, brass, patina, engraving. Length of 27 cm.
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The flattened powder flask (estimated at 400 - 800 EUR) made from the horn of large livestock is adorned on the face side with an engraving in the form of coloured patterns, the inner side contains concentric circles (likely showing shooting targets). Has a brass mount for carrying and a faulty dispenser spring on the front bushing. A cord for carrying has recently been added.

Breastplate, Switzerland/Southern Germany, circa 1600.
Breastplate, Switzerland/Southern Germany, circa 1600.
Iron, patina. Height of 33 cm, width of 35 cm.
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The iron breastplate (estimated at 300 - 600 EUR) with bullet marks in the area of the heart has a rare composite design from two iron plates. The arm and neck openings are coarsely flanged, the centre under the neckline contains the engraved initials “WB”. The inner face has good patina.

Bomb defuser helmet. Germany XVIII century.
Bomb defuser helmet. Germany XVIII century.
Iron. Length of 41 cm, width of 17 cm, weight of around 3.8 kg.
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A German bomb defuser helmet from the XVIII century. (estimated at 300 - 600 EUR) made of iron blackened through roasting in flax-seed oil. The dome consisting of two parts (with a diameter of 22*21.5 cm) with a central comb is riveted around the perimeter. Remains of the leather inner lining inside. Contains a dent from a bullet on one side. The protective visors for the face and neck have identical sizes and the front and rear visor are practically indistinguishable. There is one cheek guard.

Bag for an officer's artillery shells. Austria, circa 1900.
Bag for an officer's artillery shells. Austria, circa 1900.
Iron, brass, silver plating. Length of 13.5 cm, height of around 9 cm.
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An officer's bag for artillery shells (estimated at 240 - 500 EUR) with a silver-plated lid and a gold-plated brass flange, stamped red leather stretched over the bottom, the back, and the inside. The centre contains the two-headed Habsburg eagle, the side panels are made of stamped silver-plated metal adorned with an artillery theme. Comes with loops for fastening and a buckle.

Note:

  • Nearly perfect condition.
Индо-персидский круглый щит дал. Индия/Персия, XIX век.
Round Indo-Persian dhal shield. India/Persia, XIX century.
Iron. Diameter of 37 cm.
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A light, round, iron shield (estimated at 240 - 500 EUR) with four umbones and rivets for fastening lost items, cushion-like handguard on the inner side. The front of the shield is adorned with concentric patterns.

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