Western Europe, Spain, probably used in North America, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. Two fine, matching hammered steel armor plates meant to protect the arms of a Spanish Conquistador. The scallop-shaped pauldron lames fit around the shoulders and connect to the curved rerebrace. The vambraces meant to protect one's forearms feature a vertical slit for retracting the adjustable gauntlet panels, and a couter (also known as an elbow-cop or cubitiere) connects to and enables the articulation of the rerebrace and vambrace. Thick leather straps and petite buckles enable the armor to be secured to a soldier's arm, and additional leather panels connect each of the individual lames and panels into one cohesive component. Size of each (both are relatively similar): 6.25" W x 27.875" H (15.9 cm x 70.8 cm).
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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Both arms have slight bending, indentations, and abrasions to all panels and lames, with desiccation to leather straps, and age-commensurate pitting. Great patina throughout.