By Paul Lacombe, Charles Boutell
A number of illustrations, many from assets now misplaced, again up a close dialogue of world-wide advancements in armor from the earliest occasions, and guns from the Stone Age to early firearms and cannon.
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1344 194 Fig. Basinets at Parham 195 Fig. Helm of the 14th Century, With Piece De Renfort. Parham Armoury 199 Page ix Page Fig. D. 1347 198 Fig. Crested Helm of Richard II 198 Fig. Crested Helm of Earl Edmund De Mortimer 198 Fig. Tabard of William Fynderne 205 Fig. Visored Head-Piece: About 1580. Tower Armoury 207 Fig. Breat and Back-Plates: About 1580 208 Fig. Group of English Halberds, Bills, and Partisans 209 Fig. Head-Piece: About 1645 211 Fig. English Cuirassier of the Time of Charles I 212 Fig.
The sword itself was straight and short, and it commonly exceeded but little the dimensions of a dagger. 4. ASSYRIAN SWORDS, CLUB, LANCE, AND HELM. pointed at the extremity. The hilt, which is shown in the sculptures with minute carefulness, has a peculiar form, which is clearly explained by the examples in Fig. 4. The pommel is elegant in form, well developed, and suitably enriched. There is no guard for the hand, nor is the hilt separated from the blade by any cross-piece. The scabbard terminates in a rich bouterolle, which is always decorated in the same style: figures of lions, or other animals, are introduced, having their bodies stretched out in the direction of the sword-blade, while they project to the right and left, and impart a bold and effective finish to a highly artistic composition.
In the examples represented in the wood-cut, Fig. 6, from the triumphal arch at Orange, the shield of elongated form, in addition to its central boss, has a decorative conventional device, the whole being within a border. All this decoration appears to have been executed either in colour on a flat surface, or in low relief. It must here be observed, however, that the Romans in their representations of barbarous (foreign. that is) nations, while distinguishing very decidedly Page 20 between the barbarians and themselves, took but little care to discriminate between the different barbarous races; accordingly, the Gauls on the Orange arch, and the Dacians on the column of Trajan, appear almost in the same costume, and with scarcely any perceptible difference in their armour and weapons.