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European, WWI Body Armor Breastplate

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Price:  $350.00
 
Item #42435

Original era manufacture. Heavy gauge steel plate which is curved to fit chest, with shoulder strap cut-outs in each upper corner, and additional cut-outs on the lower side edges for a waistbelt. Passing through these cut-outs is set of thin russet leather straps with attaching buckles.

I looked through Bashord Dean's book, "Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare", and the closest example I could find there was a British model. A well respected, longtime WWI collector referred to it as Italian.

In either case, the darn thing is quite heavy and about 4 mm in thickness. The straps are sound, unbroken, but a bit dry.

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