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Wilhelm von Worms the Elder (active 1497–1537) and others, Nuremberg and Landshut, Germany
Field Armor, 1510–25
steel, leather, and modern restorations
68 x 30 1/2 x 19 inches
weight: 40 lb. 15 oz.
Museum Purchase 171:1926a–n

Full suits of armor were worn by men on horseback for protection during battle. Custom-made to fit the owner, this suit is composed of separate sections that shield individual body parts. Some of the components, such as the gauntlet that covers the hand, are made up of small pieces of steel to provide flexibility and movement. Larger sections have surface flutes, or raised lines, that add rigidity and help deflect weapons. A lance or long spear would have rested on the curved hook near the left shoulder. Young squires or assistants helped the rider put on the forty-pound suit of armor. Leather straps at the shoulders, waist, wrists, and knees kept it in place. Armor’s appearance was influenced by fashion trends of the day. The wide-toed foot coverings of this suit were based on popular footwear for men.

For younger students:
Make up a very short story in which this suit of armor plays a role.
Name some things you would not be able to do if you were wearing this suit of armor.

For older students:
Which of your five senses would be affected by wearing this suit of armor? Describe each and tell how the wearer could compensate.
Think of some things we wear today for defense in sports or war. Are any similar to the Field Armor?

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