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The harness which has come to be known as ‘the armour of Kunz Schott von Hellingen’ is widely believed to be homogenous, and the personal armour of that historical figure. I worked on that armour in 1997, and in fact it is a composite armour built up over five centuries, and notwithstanding the presence of the Schott arms on the breastplate, evidence of personal ownership of any of the elements by Kunz Schott himself is lacking. However, it is an intriguing puzzle, and comparison with artworks by the renowned Nuremberg artist Albrecht Dürer, contemporary with the manufacture of much of the armour, demonstrates that even if not homogenous (although some pieces do undoubtedly belong together), the armour is nonetheless important, and worthy of study.
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