Category: 16th century


A look at some 16th century daggers and who would have worn them.


Bone mounted matchlock arquebus, Germany, dated 1589.

from Hermann Historica


Close helmet crafted by Pompeo Della Cesa, Milan Italy, circa 1590.

from The Worcester Museum of Art : The Higgins Armory Collection


Foot-Combat Armor of Prince-Elector Christian I of Saxony (reigned 1586–91) by Anton Peffenhauser, Metropolitan Museum of Art: Arms and Armor

Gift of Henry Walters, 1927
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Steel, gold, leather, copper alloy



Culture: French

Date: 1538

Medium: Brass

~ From the source: By means of moving the concentric dials of this brass instrument details of a patient’s illness could reputedly be predicted.


A beautiful Kilij with silver fittings and an ivory grip,

  • OaL: 36.6 in/92.9 cm
  • Blade Length: 31 in/78.7 cm
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs/966 g

Cairo, Egypt, ca. 16th century, housed at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.


A fantastically blued and gilt field armor in the anima style made for King Henry VIII, the last armor made for him before his death in 1547,

  • Height: 72.5 in/184.2 cm
  • Width: 33 in/83.8 cm
  • Depth: 14.5 in/36.8 cm
  • Weight: 50.5 lbs/22.9 kg

Brescia, Italy, ca. 1544, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thus concludes every extant armor owned by Henry VIII that I could find.


A beautiful Complex-Hilted Longsword, South German, ca. 1520, from Hermann Historica.


German mail vest, late 16th century.

from Hermann Historica


A beautiful swept-hilt Rapier,

  • OaL: 45.7 in/116 cm

blade made in Toledo, Spain, hilt in Saxony, Germany, ca. 1600, from Hermann Historica.