The Hermitage Arsenal collection consists of over 15,000 items of Russian,
Western European and Oriental arms
and armour and gives a comprehensive idea of the development of arms
and armour from the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
The collection was based on Nicholas I's private collection, which mainly
consisted of pieces of great artistic value, experimental and historically
Russian items originate from the Moscow, Petersburg, Tula, Zlatoust,
Sestroretsk and other Armoury workshops. Russian Armoury's craftsmen created
the national Armoury school
based on national traditions and a high level technique
of the working of metals.
The collection of Western European arms and armour consists of works
by numerous celebrated Armoury's craftsmen from Germany, Italy, France,
Spain and other countries which produced armour, side-arms and fire-arms
of high quality.
The collection of Oriental Arms and Armour contains items from Turkey,
Iran, India and other countries where production of arms and armour of
damask steel was done to perfection.
If you enjoyed this collection, you might want to also visit the other
collections at the State Hermitage Museum.
Badges & Insignia
Half Tournament Armour
Hauberk Half Armour, or Bakhterets