Here is a full of charm french toy from the late 19th century or early 20th.
This small iron cuirass is the replica of those worn by the soldiers during the past centuries.
The two pieces are assembled together thanks to leather and metal straps which are attached on the front plate.
The leather is worn and cracked,but it still holds.
The bottom of the breast plate is desoldered about half its length and there is a small tear of the metal on the side ( please see photo 9 ).
There was certainly a mascaron in the center,that is missing today.
This is an original and ancient object which can be restored or preserved ‘’ dans son jus ‘’ as we say in France !
Given its fragility it can no longer be used as toy today,but rather as decoration object.
It can also find its place in a’’ Cabinet de curiosités’’.
It ’s about 11 inches tall ( 28 centimeters )
10 inches wide ( 25 centimeters )
9 inches deep ( 23 centimeters )
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