Antique Armor – Cuirass Breastplate & Backplate

***UPDATE: This page describes some items that we came into contact with and auctioned on eBay in 2007. We no longer have these items for sale, but you’re welcome to check out the photos and enjoy the information!

This is a fascinating set of pieces we are currently auctioning on eBay. They were purchased from an abandoned storage unit containing a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. These are clearly very old pieces. They are similar to pieces I have seen with dates in the 19th Century, but it is quite possible, based upon the look of the metal, that they are older than that. I do not pretend to be an expert in these matters, however, so I wouldn’t presume to pin a date on them.

We have not attempted to polish or restore the metal in any way (other than wiping off the dust).

Click on any of these pictures to enlarge:

Antique Breastplate & Backplate

Breastplate & Backplate From Behind

Antique Cuirass Breastplate

Detail of Chain





Some Zoomed-In Shots for Detail:

Close-up of Interior Button (Rivet)

Exterior Rivet Detail

Detail of Maker’s Mark

Other Marks - Numbers 8 2 (sideways 2)





Both of these pieces are of significant weight and have a nice patina of age. Visit the eBay listing for more information.

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