Italian Gothic Equestrian Harness

From the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore Maryland, USA.

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UPDATED September 16th, 2019.

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Front view upper body.Front view detail.Front view low.Rear view showing backplate.Front view left side body defensesUpper right shoulder

An Italian gothic equestrian suit of armour photographed in June 1993. The armour collection at the Walters contains at least a half dozen complete suits of armour as well as some fragments (single pieces of armour). This harness is very light and suitable for war on horseback. Fluting is light and attractive.




Top of pauldrons attached to arming doublet with points.Top of pauldrons attached to arming doublet with points.Only slightly visible in these pictures is the string attaching the top edge of the pauldron to the arming doublet beneath the helm. Normally a leather is riveted in this area and holes are punched in the leather for lacing to the doublet with points.





Gauntlet.Gauntlet DetailGauntlet detail.Left gauntlet front insideGauntlets are of the mitten style with a cuff which wraps completely around the wrist in the Italian style. Deep linear fluting flows from knuckle to finger tips. The back of the hand plate is articulated to the knuckle for extra flexibility.





Leg defenses.Leg defenses side view.Detail right side leg defensesGreaves inside view.Solarettes.Extensions on solarettes are detachable.Greaves are of an open style towards the inside of the calf of the leg. The greaves are attached to the lower plate of the knee defenses and are free floating above the solarettes. Solarettes have a detachable extension mounted to the toes which is detached before the armour is worn.




Right quarter view.Chain defenses hung below the rear fauld.Left rear lower view of fauld and gaulet.Lower back plate and fauld.Fauld is hung on leather in front and riveted along rear edge. Rear fauld is riveted. Front and rear fauld are fastened together with leather and the breast and back plates are buckled together with leather as well.

An extra plate defense is fastened to outside rear edge of cuisse, with hinges riveted in place. Upper lame of cuisse attached to arming doublet with points standard to gothic harness.


The Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, has their own website at:

At this time the Walters Art Gallery website does not show armour nor do they even make mention of the armour in their collection. If the reader intends to visit this museum, make sure to call ahead to confirm the right location.

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Last update September 18th, 2000.