These were basically the action figures of the time, and many of these miniature suits were lost or destroyed by children. The ones that did survive were usually put away or given to an adult, as this one appears to have been.



  • Fact 1: Various civilizations have produced miniature versions of arms and armor, including the ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks.
  • Fact 2: Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor from 1486-1519, played with a string-operated miniature jousting set when he was a child.
  • Fact 3: Miniature suits of armor such as this were hand-crafted from steel, with the same construction, articulation, and detailing as a life-sized suit of armor.
  • Fact 4: Demand for these suits declined as the use of armor waned in the 17th century, but rebounded during the Gothic Revival in the 19th century.
  • Fact 5: Most miniature suits of armor are comprised of a wooden mannequin dummy, often wrapped in painted leather, and encased in steel armor.

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