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The Victorian era saw a revival of interest of objects from the renaissance and ancient medieval cultures that influenced architecture, decoration, furnishings and art. This renewed awareness led to an intense affinity of arms and armour from those periods of history. C1870 Ernst Schmidt a dealer in authentic and reproduction arms and armour began production of authentic quality museum quality reproductions of medieval and renaissance arms and armour is considered to be one of the most skilled and prolific manufacturers of the Victorian era and examples of his work are displayed in the London Armoury Tower Collection . This is a fine Victorian collection of medieval/ renaissance form Armour & Arms. Its excellent quality and form indicates that it is by the renowned manufacturer Ernst Schmidt. The collection was recently acquired by us and is in as found unrestored condition. The piece consists of a large pair of articulated steel armour gauntlets with riveted scales and decoratve foliate engraving. The finger scales are leather backed. 2 Battle axes, each axe head being made from the correct single piece of steel with a central voided design and tapering from the cutting edge to shaft edge. One axe has a crescent moon form cutting blade and flat hammer for cracking armour fitted on a solid 24 ½” Ash Shaft. The other has a cutting edge that incorporates and armour piercing spike fitted on a solid 25” Ash shaft. Both shafts have hand tooled decorative bands near to the shaft ends. A bec de corbin ‘War Hammer’ type of pole weapon (popular in medieval Europe. The name is old French for "crow's beak"). It consists of a modified 3 prong armour cracking hammer head with leaf shaped spear spike and beak shaped blade for tearing armour. The War Hammer with long integral ferrule is fitted on a heavy 25” Ash shaft which has 2 decorative strengthening bands in the mid section. Also 2 all steel construction daggers with ornate handles. One with curved cross guard incorporating a ‘sword trap’ ring used to catch and snap the end of an opponent’s dagger or sword, bulbous grip and 9 ½” double edged blade. The other with slim ornate hilt, straight cross guard with ball ends and 10” double edged blade. All of the arms and armour have even patina and no rust. They are all mounted on a heavy shield constructed of Victorian Oak planks. Each piece is mounted on steel hooks and can easily be lifted off for inspection/ handling. The shield measures 32” at its widest point and 38” at its longest point. It is 2 ½” thick and covered with a rich russet coloured material which has areas of surface wear consistent with age. The rear of the shield has exposed Oak planks and is fitted with steel hanging rings and wire for wall mounting. Price for this quality collection of arms and armour mounted for display includes UK delivery. Sn 11315 (NB A FULL SUIT OF QUALITY VICTORIAN GOTHIC FORM ARMOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE)