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July 29, 2016

Charming and unusual French chess set from the Napoleonic period. The knights feature cuirassier’s helmets. 

Cuirassiers were cavalry equipped with armour and firearms, first appearing in late 15th-century Europe. This French term means “one with a cuirass” (cuirasse), the breastplate armour which they wore. Helmets were loosely based on Greek and Roman helmets from the Ancient World.