RARE INFANTRY BREASTPLATE, CIRCA 1500, PROBABLY SPANISH formed in one piece with a strong medial ridge and bold angular outward turns at the neck and arm-openings, its shoulders in each case fitted with a short strap terminating in a double-ended iron buckle, its lower edge flanged outwards to receive a fauld of two upward-overlapping lames, the lowest fitted at each side, beneath brass rosette washers, with short straps for the suspension of pendant tassets (lightly patinated overall with a few patches of pitting, the main plate pierced at each side with three later holes, the fauld-lames associated and partly reworked, the lowest with some plugged holes, all rivets, straps, rosettes and buckles replaced) 45.6cm.; 18in high Breastplates of this distinctive form were popular in Spain in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Some bear marks including the well-known "crow's-foot mark" attributed to the Aragonese town of Calatayud. One such example bearing this mark is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Ian Eaves, 2002, p140). A large number of breastplates of this type were formerly in the armoury of the Dukes of Ossuna. Some of which are to be found in the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musée de l'Armée, Paris. A further series from the Armoury of the Dukes of Medinaceli is now preserved in the Army Museum, Madrid. Several examples of the type from the armoury of the knights of St John of Rhodes are to be found in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. £3000-5000