Attributed to Kolman Helmschmid, German, 1470–1532 Equestrian Armor of Maximilian I, Augsburg, c. 1517–1518 openwork, embossed, etched, and gilt steel; fabric and leather Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

Horse armor. This site contains a shedload of information about most medieval weapons and their variants that are imaginable. Excellent site and well worth a read.

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Armour for horse. A suit of armour was not only intended to protect its wearer from missiles, swords or hammer blows. A suit such as this drew attention to one’s social status, one’s fashion consciousness and, by virtue of its great cost, one’s wealth.

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