Lot # 189 - Live Auction 2018 - Praetorian Guard Costume with Shield and Weapons

Stock #84816

A Praetorian Guard costume, with shield and weapons, from Ridley Scott’s Oscar®-winning action epic Gladiator. The Praetorians protected Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) and Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and defended Rome on the battlefield of Germania.

This costume is composed of trousers and tunic made of purple wool, over which are worn a set of plastic lorica segmentata (segmented cuirass) body armour and a leather skirt with plastic armour plating. The costume also includes a pair of leather boots, plastic greaves and bracers, a fibreglass helmet with plastic cheek plates and an eagle crest, and a purple wool cape which attaches to the armour with decorative lion resin emblems. The armour is finished in black, with leather strapping to secure it to the wearer. One bracer is marked with “R SR56” and the other with “BR 200”.

The costume is paired with a shield, sword and spear. The sword includes a wooden sheath that is covered with canvas. The sword features an aluminium blade with a wooden pommel, hilt and grip.

The spear, or pilum, is made of wood with copper detailing and a wooden spearhead. The spear is finished with a white tassel which attaches to the grip.

The shield is made of formed card with a canvas covering, wooden grips and a plastic boss at the centre. This lot shows wear from use, including minor scratches and marks throughout. However, it remains in fine condition. Dimensions (sword): 59 cm x 25.5 cm x 131 cm (23 ¼” x 10” x 51 ½”); (shield): 10 cm x 6 cm x 82.5 cm (4” x 2 ½” x 32 ½”); (spear): 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 223.5 cm (3” x 3” x 88”)

£4,000 - 6,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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