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A hole in a 17th century breastplate

I have a friend in the UK (Paul) who recently took a trip to Scotland. He sent me a group of interesting pictures from a museum in Banff. And this is one of the pictures.

The placard is very simple. It says the breastplate is from the middle of the 16th century and the pierced hole would have been terminal.

I am really at a loss as to what to say about this.  Five hundred years ago a knight, lord or someone of stature was wearing this and in a moment it was over.  Just like that. One blow with some kind of piercing weapon and it was all done. And since then 500 years have passed.

I wonder what that weapon was to cause that hole? Was it a lance or a spear? Or maybe a warhammer or a bec de corbin?

Here is my imagining based solely on the observation that the rest of the breastplate is pristine. A young knight strapped on his armor for his first battle and came to a tragic end.

If you want to see more pictures from the museum including an authentic Scottish Claymore check out the page on my website here: Weapons and Armor in the Banff Museum Scotland.

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