About this artwork
At over 33 pounds, this shot-proof breastplate was nearly too heavy to wear. Surprisingly, this is about the same weight as the outer tactical vests (OTVs) used by the modern military.
This well-preserved cuirass was likely produced for the elite cavalry regiment known as the King’s Cuirassiers. The original blue surface contrasted against engraved and gilt bands to reference the French royal colors.
- On View, Gallery 239
- Applied Arts of Europe
- France (Object made in)
- Made 1700–1750
- Steel, brass, silver-gilt bradding, silk textile, and leather
- Breastplate Wt. 16 lb. 7 oz. Backplate Wt. 16 lb. 5 oz.
- George F. Harding Collection