Armor of Sigmund von Königsfeld

Vintage salted paper print of armor ca. 1860, by Andreas Groll (Austria). On sheet with hand-inked border, together with loose cover sheet imprinted "LVI. Sigmund von Königsfeld. um 1500." Print size 10.75 x 5.25 inches (27x13 cm).   Price: $650.   ( Inventory# ib959d )

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Taken as part of a catalog of the armor collection of Ambras Castle, Austria, Groll's salt prints are an interesting record of these often bizarrely modernistic medieval objects, styled to convey the idea of an indestructible period fighting machine. Demoralization was obviously one aim of this grim and frightening set of gear.

 

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