Luxury Suit of Armor – arms and armour

Luxury Suit of Armor – arms and armor

armor with plume

suit of armor with plume

Nothing creates the vibes of luxury, aristocracy, wealth, and importance quite like having your own suit of medieval armor. Perhaps guarding the entrance to a grand staircase in your mansion, or jutting from concave in your marbled walls.
But not everyone can afford the luxury of owning their own antique suit of armor. For those that can, the impression can be brilliant.
Nobility is something long sought for and rarely found these days. We, the lifestyle billionaires, prefer to cast and air of elegance and nobility in everything that we do, have, and create. We feel that the best way for a man to achieve nobility is to start with his own character, and oftentimes, surrounding yourself with inspiration of those who’ve gone before you and left their mark is a great ally.

Armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

Armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

Look at the beauty of these fine-crafted luxury suits of armor from Medieval Europe and let them inspire you.
Medieval suits of armor could weight between 60 and 100+ lbs. Full plate armour, what we think of when we consider the “knight in shining armor” developed in Europe during the Late Middle Ages. The Hundred Years war gave rise to some of the earliest pieces, and as the renaissance came into full swing many artisans and smiths began creating the most decorative pieces, giving rise to the luxury suit of armor.
European plate armour reached its pinnacle in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The full suit of armour was therefore in full swing at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance period. One must only look at renaissance paintings to see where the cliche of the knight in shining armor comes from. During the 16th century, jousting tournaments became the spectacle of the day, and the need for knights to have full plate suits of armor accompanied these events.
In parades, knights and high-born aristocrats would sport incredibly decorative and luxury suits of armor that were ornate and grotesque to awe and inspire the crowd and admirers.
Full suits of Gothic Plate armor were worn on the battlefields during the Burgundian and Italian wars during the late 1490’s and mid 1500’s.
The use of plate armour declined in the 17th century, but it still remained common among both the noble class and for the cuirassiers throughout the European Wars of the 17th century. It’s overall decline occurred alongside the development and improvement of flintlock muskets and firearms as its use become less and less effective in protection its wearer against projectiles.

European Armor During the Renaissance

German Maximilian armour was a spectacle of the early 16th century. This Maximilian gothic armor is a style using heavy fluting and intricate, decorative etching. This was opposed to the more plain finish on much of the 15th-century armour.
Maximilian armor took it’s influence from Italian styles but introduced it’s own fair and elegance.
The Renaissance era also gave rise to the use of closed helms, as opposed to the 15th-century-style sallets and barbutes. Additionally, the traditional helmet and neck guard was improved upon to produce the Nürnberg style armour which was much more ornate and masterfully decorative.
It is in this period that we see the rise of the luxury suit of armor.

As firearm use and improvement increased, the wearing of plate armor declined and was restricted primarily to the jousting tournaments of european nobility. This confinement to spectacle allowed for the great improvement of decoration and craftsmanship on each piece. The decoration of fine armour greatly increased in the period. Many different techniques were used and the overall cost and luxury of these suits of armor expanded greatly. Plate Armor for royalty and the very wealthy were elaborately decorated. This highly decorative armor that we still see preserved today, was often called Parade Armor. However, this armor, while made for showing off in the “parades” would also often be worn on the battle field to cause impress and awe. Many pieces were meticulously embossed and then subjected to blueing, silvering and gilding which created wonderful masterpieces of luxury armor.

armor detail elbow

Knight’s Armor Italy (likely Milan) ca. 1565 Steel and copper alloy with gilding, leather, and textile Milanese craftsmen were considered the top armor fabricators of Europe. The armor on the horse weighs 98 lbs. and the rider’s weighs 60 lbs. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri

suit of armor detail

suit of armor detail

earl of clifford suit of armor

earl of clifford armor

Closeup of breastplate of Half Armor for use on foot in the field by Milan Italy armorer Master of the Castle Mark 1600 CE etched partially russeted and gilded steel

Knight’s Armor Italy (likely Milan) ca. 1565. Steel and copper alloy with gilding, leather, and textile

Knight’s Armor Italy (likely Milan) ca. 1565. Steel and copper alloy with gilding, leather, and textile

italian knight armor

An Italian armour for the foot tourney by the “MASTER OF THE CASTLE”, Milan . One of the greatest producers of armour in the later middle ages and renaissance were arguably those of the lombardic city of Milan, ca. 1590-1600 . posted from https://darksword-armory.com/

Closeup of Half armor made in Brescia Italy the principal supplier of the Republic of Venice 1580 CE etched and blackened steel

Ferdinand II armour. Created by Lucio Piccinino (1550-1589). Gift from Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza

Ferdinand II armour. Created by Lucio Piccinino (1550-1589). Gift from Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza

lion armor

lion armor

Armor of Henry II of France (reigned 1547–59). Dimensions: H. 74 in. (187.96 cm); Wt. 53 lb. 4 oz. (24.20 kg)

Armor of Henry II of France (reigned 1547–59). Dimensions: H. 74 in. (187.96 cm); Wt. 53 lb. 4 oz. (24.20 kg)

ceremonial suit of plate armor

ceremonial suit of plate armor

Armor of Henry Herbert Second Earl of Pembroke etched and gilt English Greenwich about 1575-1580 CE

armor with plume

suit of armor with plume

Armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

Armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

Helmet and breastplate from horseman's light armor in style of Michael Witz, 1550-1560, in Innsbruck, Austria, 16th century

Helmet and breastplate from horseman’s light armor in style of Michael Witz, 1550-1560, in Innsbruck, Austria, 16th century

shoulder armor

shoulder armor detail engraving

knight of the mirrors suit of armor

horse armour from around the world | Knight of the Mirrors from “Man of La Mancha”

european knight suit of armor

luxury suit of armor

luxury suit of armor

decorative knights helmet european

16th century black knight suit of armor

Armor of Constable Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). made in 1550. Height: 1.72m, Length: 0.78m

Armor of Constable Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). made in 1550. Height: 1.72m, Length: 0.78m

Augsburg 1544 - Kaiser Maximilian II Hofjagd - Wien

Augsburg 1544 – Kaiser Maximilian II Hofjagd – Wien

knight in shining armor

knight hero suit of armor

armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

armour of Eric XIV of Sweden, 1556

Armor of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland - c. 1585

Armor of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland – c. 1585

european medieval armor

european medieval armor

gilt engraved suit of armor

gilt engraved suit of armor

suit of knight armor

golden suit of armor

golden engraved suit of armor

gothic suit of armor

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paladin knight armor

kings suit of armor

FAMOUS ARMS IN THE GRAZ ARMOURY IN AUSTRIA Landeszeughaus in Graz

german equestrian armor

German, documented 1513–1579 Equestrian Armor of Emperor Charles V, https://darksword-armory.com

Corselet, 1522-1563, probably belonged to Kaspar Von Montani, made in Innsbruck by armourer Sebastian Katzmair, Austria, 16th century

Corselet, 1522-1563, probably belonged to Kaspar Von Montani, made in Innsbruck by armourer Sebastian Katzmair, Austria, 16th century

Henry II of France’s armour, ca. 1555 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Henry II of France’s armour, ca. 1555 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

romania armor 1800

romania armor 1800

armor with face helmet

george clifford armor

suit of armour

medieval tournament armor

Styrkarr's hand made armor by artist Ugo Serrano

Styrkarr’s hand made armor by artist Ugo Serrano

Armor of Henry II of France - The craftsmanship is AMAZING!

Armor of Henry II of France – The craftsmanship is AMAZING!

detailed luxury armor

suit of black armor

beautiful luxury armor

This is an Italian embossed armour (owned by an Italian noble) but I think it was made in France. The designs on this piece are absolutely amazing.

This is an Italian embossed armour (owned by an Italian noble) but I think it was made in France. The designs on this piece are absolutely amazing.

henry-ii-armor-gauntlet

black knight

armor detail

Armour of Don Sancho de Avila Germany (Augsburg), 1560.

Armour of Don Sancho de Avila Germany (Augsburg), 1560.

close up on suit of armour

parade helmet

Parade helm, 16th century. Currently on display at the Hotel des Invalides, Paris, France.

gothic luxury armor

Decorative italian suit of armor

Filippo Negroli 1510—1579

medieval suit of armor

medieval suit of armor decorative

decorative suit of medieval armor

female suit of armor

toledo armor

italian suit of armor duke of medina, siscily italy

Ugo Serrano "ugrolli" project. An armor suit in the style of Filipo Negtolli's famous suit for the Duke of Urbino.

Ugo Serrano “ugrolli” project. An armor suit in the style of Filipo Negtolli’s famous suit for the Duke of Urbino.

Helmet in the form of a Dolphin Mask-Giovanni Paolo Negroli

Helmet in the form of a Dolphin Mask-Giovanni Paolo Negroli

paladin knight suit of armor

medieval knights suit of armor

golden suit of armor

decorative luxury medieval helmet

unique-decorative-medieval-helmet

decorative medieval armor helmet

toothface helm

medici suit of armor

maximilian ii suit of jousting armor

The fabulous ‘1549’ garniture of the Emperor Maximilian II, from which the tourney gauntlet escaped, at some point in the 19th century, eventually also to be acquired by Sir Richard Wallace.

plate mail and chain mail armor

armor of henry prince of wales

decorative luxury suit of armor

medieval luxury suit of armor

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