Illustrations by Viskovatov
Warrior in Zertsalo (armour vest with centre plate) and Shlyem (generic helmet)
(Moscow Kremlin in the 17th century).
He has a Tarch (shield, whose upper part consisted of a metallic sleeve with a blade; the warrior put his arm into this sleeve). Such a shield was designed to be used during the defense of fortresses, though it was rarely seen in practice. He carries a Toporki (axe).



РАТНИКЪ ВЪ ЗЕРЦАЛЂ И ВЪ ШЕЛОМЂ

Russian armament from the 14th century until the second half of the 17th century.
Warrior in Zertsalo (armour vest with centre plate) and Shlyem (generic helmet)
(Moscow Kremlin in the 17th century).
He has a Tarch (shield, whose upper part consisted of a metallic sleeve with a blade; the warrior put his arm into this sleeve). Such a shield was designed to be used during the defense of fortresses, though it was rarely seen in practice. He carries a Toporki (axe).
Lithograph 099 in "Historical description of the clothes and weapons of Russian troops" by Viskovatov, 2nd edition published in 1899.

Aleksandr Vasilíevich Viskovatov, Born April 22, 1804; died February 27, 1858, in St. Petersburg. Russian military historian. Viskovatovís most important work, A Historical Description of the Uniform and Weapons of Russian Troops (vols. 1-30, 1841-62; 2nd ed., vols. 1-34, 1899-1948), is based on an enormous amount of archival material.
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Next: Russian armament from the 14th century until the second half of the 17th century. Voyevode (commander) in two Pantsiri (mail shirts) and Yerikhonka (conical pointed helmet). (Ancient castle of Neilauzen in Livonia). He carries a Bulava (mace) as symbol of his authority. His forearms are protected by Naruchi (vambraces) and his calves by Buturliki (greaves). On his belt he carries both Nosh (knife) and Sabel (sabre).
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