Roman Armour Ben Hur
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A partial suit of Roman armour in beaten plated brass and hide. Comprising of a breastplate and back along with a leather skirt, reputedly produced for the 1925 Metro Goldwyn Mayer (silent) film "Ben Hur" the previous owner purchased it from the MGM auction in May 1970. The next "Roman" themed film to be made by MGM was "Quo Vardis" in 1951 and "Ben Hur" in 1959. Presumably, the armour had been in the ownership of MGM until 1970 it is likely to have been used in all three movies. Together with a fabric-covered and studded circular shield.
The armour sits on a period paper mache and hessian mannequin bust
Age related wear, areas of loss to the leather skirt
From the estate of the late John Fabb who was involved in the film industry but was also a collector of film props and paraphernalia.
103cm in length including skirt
40cm in width
26cm in depth
Shield 52cm in diameter, 2cm in depth
First quarter 20th Century
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