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Old 1st March 2023, 04:28 PM   #1
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Good Day dear members,

I have this shield for comment :
It was sold as an ''oriental iron shield''
but it looks more like a scottish targe with his celtics patterns...

Old ??
I Don't t know but it seems well made.

Do Scottish or Celtics shield be made of iron ?
Most of them were made of wood and leather covered but I haven't found many posts about this theme,
Targe, scottish targets....

Maybe it's made of brass like highlands targe do more than made of iron ?..
+ it seems to be another under layer, maybe made of wood but it is difficult to say just with the picture...

Any comment is welcomed .

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Old 1st March 2023, 04:40 PM   #2
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Back side is strange,
Contrast with reverse side,
Maybe later made ??

Unusual iron fittings and handles
Looks like old pot/cauldron handles ...
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Old 1st March 2023, 09:26 PM   #3
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My gut instinct is a Victorian historicism piece. The arm strap should be leather with a buckle so it can be adjusted to suit the arm and the handle should be straight with square corners to provide a good grip, that curve would be horrible to hold. Also there is no sign that there was ever any padding fitted beneath the grips to cushion the arm.

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Old 1st March 2023, 10:12 PM   #4
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What are the dimensions? It looks small to me.

The screw holes in the 'arm loops' are another concern; countersunk like the one on the left screams more modern construction and like it is meant to be part of a larger display.
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Old 2nd March 2023, 07:43 AM   #5
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Hello,
Yes it 's smaller than usual targes : 37cm/14,5 inches in diameter.
Maybe because it s too heavy ?
Deco ( victorian ?) /
or rapported pieces in a smaller circle ??
I can't say much for the moment...
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Old 2nd March 2023, 01:30 PM   #6
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Glad if you have link for other posts/ site about targes
or a good reference book
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