Field Armor: Austria and Germany

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Field Armor: Austria and Germany


This field armor is a combination of armor sourced from Austria and Germany, and was used in the mid-1500's. Made of etched & partially blackened steel and leather, this armor would have been utilized by a night in battle. The armor's most striking features are the three images etched into the chest of the armor. On the left, a knight can be seen praying to the center image of Jesus on the crucifix. This may suggest that the knight to whom this armor belonged was fighting with religious motivations or convictions. On the left there is an intricate coat of arms surrounded by images of knights' helmets. In this armor, we can see how the craftsman took care to ensure it was aesthetically nearly flawless. Given that it is field armor, this implies that its owner was quite wealthy, since intricately decorated armor generally suggests that the knight wearing it could afford to damage a custom-built and decorated piece of battle equipment. In addition to the beautiful engravings on the chest piece, one can see the attention paid to the details of the practical pieces of this set of armor. The plates protecting the underarms have points in the middle to force the sword to glance off of the knight, and the shoulders are layered to provide more maneuverability.


Photos taken by Elena Prieto.


Armor made in Innsbruck, Austria and Nuremberg, Germany.


Philadelphia Museum of Art




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Photos taken by Elena Prieto., “Field Armor: Austria and Germany,” War & Conquest in Medieval Europe, accessed July 13, 2020,