Henry VIII's suit of armour, c.1544, Italian made. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Henry VIII's suit of armour, c.1544, Italian made. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Armour that is said to belong to one of young sons of Zygmunt III Waza - most likely to Wladysław IV future king of Poland. Incrusted with gold and silver.

Armour that is said to belong to one of young sons of Zygmunt III Waza - most likely to Wladysław IV future king of Poland. Incrusted with gold and silver.

Armour, Place of creation: Germany Date: Circa 1590 School: Augsburg Material: steel and copper Technique: forged and chased.

Armour, Place of creation: Germany Date: Circa 1590 School: Augsburg Material: steel and copper Technique: forged and chased.

This insbruck armour in the Odescalchi collection was made in 1550-1560. It represents another sub style yet. A banded armour with flamboyant enhancements to the band pattern.

This insbruck armour in the Odescalchi collection was made in 1550-1560. It represents another sub style yet. A banded armour with flamboyant enhancements to the band pattern.

Field armour of William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester. English, Greenwich, about 1550.

Field armour of William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worcester. English, Greenwich, about 1550.

Armor of Constable Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). made in 1550. Height: 1.72m, Length: 0.78m...Detail

Armor of Constable Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). made in 1550. Height: 1.72m, Length: 0.78m...Detail

"A unique armour in the English style, circa 1440" or "Smitty's full-plate"

"A unique armour in the English style, circa 1440" or "Smitty's full-plate"

The Art of Power -Desiderius Helmschmid, German, documented 1513–1579, Jörg Sigman, German, 1527–1601, Parade Armor of Philip II, Augsburg, 1549–1550 and 1552, gilt and damascened steel; brass and leather, Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

The Art of Power -Desiderius Helmschmid, German, documented 1513–1579, Jörg Sigman, German, 1527–1601, Parade Armor of Philip II, Augsburg, 1549–1550 and 1552, gilt and damascened steel; brass and leather, Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

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