This gambeson is one of few 17th century garments that belong to a Dutch museum collection. From the second half of the 17th century, this type of garment would typically be worn by horsemen, soldiers and sailors. The thick leather would protect its wearer from all kinds of incoming danger. The gambeson would also sometimes be worn under a cuirass, a type of armour. The longer panels of fabric at the front date this garment between 1660 and 1670.