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York Castle Museum


Photographs taken of items in the Museum's collection of armour. The museum itself depicts the social history of life in North Yorkshire throughout history and contains many exhibits of military interest. For more information see the York Castle Museum website.

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Flambouyant armour from Italy during the 1500's. The painting is not original.
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

A elegant display of arrayed weaponry from medieval polearms and 2-handed swords through to 19th century percussion muskets and carbines. There are rapiers, basket-hilt broadswords, bayonets, halberds and a crossbow arranged around a 17th century (En...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2005

A display of infantry weapons used during World War II. From the left the weapons areas follows: - The wooden stock sub-machine gun at the bottom is an elderly German Bergman MP18 dating back to WW1 (but used in WW2). - The pistol with lanyard ...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

Two examples of the types of armour and weapons as used by the Reivers - cross Anglo-Scottish border warriors - during the 16th century. The model on the left wears a simple back and breast armour with lower abdomen protection more common in pikemen...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2005

This English breastplate and backplate from the mid 17th century illustrates the basic protection considered necessary for a soldier of horse of this period. The breastplate is musket-proof (see the small dent or proof mark just the the right of cent...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

A pair of full-face close helmets worn by cuirassiers during the English Civil War. The helmets would be part of an all-over plate armour similar to the later medieval knights except that the leg armour tended to be fully articulated and ended at the...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

A Pikeman's back and breastplate from around 1660 of the pattern used during the English Civil War. It also shows the hinged plates which would have covered the wearer's lower abdomen and upper leg area. Also the the left can be seen a Lobster helm a...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

This three-barred pott helmet was worn by an harquebusier, a more modern type of cavalryman armoured just with a buff coat, back and breastplate and this type of helmet. It became known as a 'lobster pott' due to the plated rear neck protector and th...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

This image of the classic Baker Rifle of the British Rifle regiments during the Napoleonic Wars also shows its sword bayonet and powder flask. It had a 0.625 in (15.9 mm) calliber and a quoted range of 200 yards (more than twice that of the standard ...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003

A rare example of body armour used by the German Army during World War 1. It was incredibly heavy and simply hung from the shoulders and protected the chest and abdomen (the lower portion is articulated by means of canvas straps to allow a little fle...
Taken at the York Castle Museum, York, England, 2003