Making a suit of 17th century cuirassier armour
By Andrew Braund, MA Conservation Studies, specialising in Metalwork
A little over a year ago, a blog post of mine was published where I discussed the issues of trying to further my interests and studies during the pandemic with various projects.
One of these projects was working on a suit of 17th century cuirassier armour, which I had managed to make a start on, rough forming some of the components. A year later of working on it between my studies, it has progressed somewhat. It is now half finished, with the gauntlets, Iron hat (helmet) and back and breast plates being entirely wearable and largely finished. This set of armour is largely inspired by a set in the Army Museum in Paris and as such, I have tried to give my pieces a blackened finish using a chemical treatment. This has been my first time “blacking” or indeed patinating any armour and it is substantially more difficult to get a uniform and pleasing finish on these large surfaces than it is on much smaller parts (as I discovered).