Handcrafted Miniature 18” Medieval Italian or French Knight In Full Plate Armor with Pig Faced Bascinet Helmet and War Axe (Circa. 1430)
This metal model represents a knight in full plate battle armor. Full plate armor was in use in Europe by the start of the 15th century. The pig faced bascinet, so named for its pointed nose, came into use around 1400 and was superior to the earlier closed great helms because it's visor could be opened up allowing better vision but not sacrificing protection. His feet are covered in laminated solerets with long, pointy toes, more typical of early plate armor. The breast plate is and shield are decorated with an eagle, a common motif in European heraldry.
This style of armor is designed to provides the wearer ease of motion and overall protection in battle differentiating it from the highly specialized and heavy armor used for jousting. The simple mitten gauntlets and overlapping plates protecting the hips are of a basic pattern suggestive of battle armor. The simulated embossing on this model is actually an appliqué. The knights waist is protected by a simulated chain mail, bridging the gap between the plates protecting his hips and the those protecting his upper thighs. This knight is armed with a metal war axe (removable).
The entire model is painted rather than polished. The metal is carefully cut and formed and fastened with neat spot welds and rivets making for a historically accurate, sturdy model which does not move. The model is 15-1/2" tall and stands on a 1-3/4" painted wooden base which it can be removed from easily if an alternative display is desired. With the exception of the helmet and weapon, this model is identical to the Germanic Christian Knight In Full Plate Armor with Great Helm & Sword (Circa. 1420)
As each statue is handcrafted your knight may vary slightly from the one pictured. These statues are shipped fully assembled and joints, helmet, shoes, etc. are welded together and do not allow for "posing" in any other orientation other than the one depicted. (Note: the sword and shield are not welded to the armor and may be positioned as desired.)