The display of hands-on Spanish arms and armor in our museum is an example of some of the types of armor used in sixteenth century New Spain. Some important examples used here in early Spanish New Mexico were missing.
Our goal was to find some examples, especially of armor, which exemplify what was used in the New World in the sixteenth century. As this is manager Matt Barbour’s area of expertise, he suggested that we add examples of a brigandine vest, lance tips, an adarga shield, a sallet helmet, an arming jacket, and a bevor.
The addition of more arms and armor to the display of Spanish arms increases the number of hands-on articles in our museum and helps us explain to visitors and students, in a visual and kinesthetic way, some of the kinds of arms and armor used in 1541.
The adarga shield is currently being handmade by an artisan, and will be on display when it is completed. The other items are all here now, and can be seen and tried on in our museum. Come to Coronado and try on some armor for an awesome new Facebook profile picture, courtesy of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site.