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Cavalryman's Back and Brest of the English Civil War period


This English breastplate and backplate from the mid 17th century illustrates the basic protection considered necessary for a soldier of horse of this period. The breastplate is musket-proof (see the small dent or proof mark just the the right of centre) but is quite heavy. The back is much lighter as it is only expected to protect against sword blows during the melee.


Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

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