Buff Jerkin of Hendrik Casimir I, Anonymous, 1630 - 1640

Buff Jerkin of Hendrik Casimir I, Anonymous, 1630 - 1640

leather, h 62cm. More details

Casimir was wearing this buff jerkin when he was shot from his horse in 1640. The thick leather could repel blows from a sword or dagger, but not bullets. This is why soldiers often wore an iron cuirass over it – if only Hendrik had! He died from his injury one week later. The bullet hole and the cuts to free him from the jerkin are still clear to see.

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