Lorenz Helmschmid (German, active from 1467, died 1515)
Ex coll.: Bashford Dean, New York
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection,
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929 (29.156.67 h,j)
Each of these pauldrons (shoulder defenses) is stamped with the mark of the celebrated armorer Lorenz Helmschmid of Augsburg. They were made by Helmschmid for a highly specialized type of tournament armor known as a Stechzeug, which was worn for the Gestech, a form of jousting fought with blunted lances.