Armor breastplate taken from an officer in the 5th New York Cavalry on May 24, 1862, during the First Battle of Winchester.
from The American Civil War Museum
Garde Kurassier, Imperial Germany
cuirassier armor, 17th century.
Mle 1854 Imperial Guard Cuirassier’s Cuirass and Helmet
Helmet manufactured c.early 1870′s by Delachaussée – serial number 1.
Cuirass made by the Manufacture Impériale de Klingenthal c.1856, size 2 width 1 – serial number 89.
Steel with brass fittings, stamped imperial crest on the helmet, with horsehair on the comb.
Although mostly obsolete by the time of the Franco-Prussian war, these suits of armor were still impervious to any melee weapons, and pistol shots up to point-blank range.
A Pappenheimer type Cuirassier harness, Germany, ca. 1600, from Fricker Auction House.