Here we are honored to offer a Festschrift (a publication of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement or an important anniversary) through The Oakeshott Institute. These works are written in honor of David Edge recently retired Head of Conservation at the Wallace Collection and our dear friend and colleague.
It is a volume bringing together papers written by curators, conservators and scientists who have worked very closely with European and Oriental arms and armour from some of the world’s finest collections. The pieces, which have been examined in detail, include not only those made for royalty, such as the helmet of the Black Prince, the armours of King Henry VIII and the jewel-encrusted dagger of Shah Jahan, but also more common items and even some created to deceive. Through careful study and hands-on experience, each of the authors provides an eye-opening insight into the history, science and interpretation of these important objects.
This work includes some interesting insights into metallurgy of wootz steel, construction of blades and pommels of viking era swords and several detailed examinations of armour in detail and form, including work in metallurgy and the use of xray to discern detail.
Published by Archetype Publications Ltd in association with the Arms and Armour Society. Presented here by The Oakeshott Institute all profits going to support the work of our research and outreach efforts.
Arms & Armour History, Conservation and Analysis, Editors Alan Williams and Keith Dowen
Preface and acknowledgements
History of arms and armour
1 The 1520 foot combat armours of Henry VIII: design, technology and meaning
Keith A. Dowen
2 Cloth of steel: elements of a Landsknecht armour in the Wallace Collection
3 Henry VIII’s Italian armour of 1544: a metallurgical note on alterations and improvements by the Royal Workshops at Greenwich
Simon Metcalf and Alan Williams
4 A lance rest from a Spanish royal garniture in the Wallace Collection
Alvaro Soler del Campo
5 The remains of a rare Tibetan shaffron
Donald J. La Rocca
Conservation and display
6 Mannequins for armours: a conservational and aesthetic challenge
7 Six armours of the National Museum of Finland
8 Pierced metalwork on Iranian vambraces and their cleaning
9 Viking-era swords investigated by medical X-radiography and CT scanning: a new pommel classification and the assessment of blade geometry
Robert A. Hill
10 The helmet of the Black Prince analysed by neutron diffraction
David Edge, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan Williams
11 Shah Jahan and Mughal steel: recent studies on Indian blades by neutron diffraction
Arthur Bijl, David Edge, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan WilliamsArms and Armour
12 Indo-Persian axes and the faking of wootz
David Edge, Richard Furrer, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan Williams
13 Fakes and their detection by analysis
14 Metal woodscrews during the flintlock years: West European metal woodscrews from 1650 to 1830: an archival and metallurgical study
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