An Overview of Hundepanzer: How to Protect your Favourite Dogs from Wild Boars
Tadc mac Briain
Instructor's Kingdom: Ealdormere, Time Zone: EST
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cleopatra the Alchemist
Animals and Husbandry
Several years ago, I came across a photo of a pair of rare survivors: sets of linen dog armour used for wild boar hunting. This single photo has turned into an ongoing research project with the end goal of reconstructing one of the sets sized for my own canine companion to wear (not for hunting). Currently located in “The Art Collections of Veste Coburg”, these sets of linen dog armour date to the lifetime of Duke Casimir of Saxe-Coburg (1564- 1633), who was by all accounts an avid hunter.
Wild boar hunting was extremely dangerous, particularly for the dogs; Hundepanzer was an ingenious way to protect them. Hundepanzer are made of linen reinforced with sewn in flat metal rings; very similar to that of the eyelet body armour recommended for protecting archers by the 1590’s. In this talk I will discuss the documented history of the Hundepanzer, the dogs who wore it, and what is known about the dimensions, construction and materials of the armour. In addition, I will share my observations based on currently available photos; and outline the plan and possible pattern for a functional reconstruction of the Hundepanzer. I am open to the option of recording, but am unfamiliar with the presenter side of zoom. This class will not be recorded.
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