Pair of Tournament Pauldrons (Shoulder Defenses)

Armorer: Marked by Lorenz Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, ca. 1445–1516)

Date: ca. 1500

Geography: Augsburg

Culture: German, Augsburg

Medium: Steel, copper alloy

Dimensions: Wt. of right pauldron 3 lb. 15 oz. (1786 g); Wt. of left pauldron 4 lb. (1814.4 g)

Classification: Armor Parts-Arms & Shoulders

Credit Line: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929

Accession Number: 29.156.67h, i


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.