Lot 182: Post Medieval French Heavy Trooper's Cuirass Set

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Description: 19th century AD. A heavy iron cuirass set with brass facings, the breastplate with vertical rib at centre and two nipples to receive shoulder chains, riveted at edges with hooks to inner face and showing the impact marks of three shots; with inked accession numbers 'SDM 25414' (crossed through) and 'SDM - EW1' above '1924 - 2 1' with small punched number '35' at lower rim and lightly engraved in fine script 'Joseph R[?]de Chatellerault' and '7 bre 1844 2T. 1L. No. 277' each side of the central rivet to the inner face of the lower rim; the matching backplate of similar form with vertical groove at centre and fragments of the leather shoulder straps at their attachment points, with accession numbers '23714' (crossed through) and 'SDM - EW1' above '1924 - 2 - 2' and an inked paper label, with a small punched armourer's mark near the lower rim and similarly engraved in matching script 'Manu[ ] Rue de Kligenthal Juin 18' and '2T 1L No 1298' each side of the central rivet at the lower rim. See Funken, L. and F., Arms and Uniforms, The Napoleonic Wars, London, 1973, parts 1 and 2, for discussion. 9.5 kg total, 43 cm tall (17"). Property of a distinguished American collector; formerly part of a famous Southern Californian museum collection, with various accession numbers and original ownership inscriptions. The marking to this set of '2T 1L' could possibly refer to the 2nd troop of the 1st regiment of cuirassiers in the French army and this pattern of cuirass saw service in the Napoleonic era and beyond, worn by heavy troopers and intended to give 'bullet proof' protection to the cavalry.
Condition Report: Fine condition, a few attachment points damaged and bearing three bullet scars to front.
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