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.

On display in room 2.8

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