Buckler

The buckler, a circular shield dating back to the 19th century, was one of the most fashionable weapons in the Renaissance.

The buckler, a circular shield dating back to the 19th century, was one of the most fashionable weapons in the Renaissance. Its circular structure is in engraved steel, enhanced by an elaborate radial decoration, with woven leaves, flaming rays and eight-point stars, culminating in the centre with a rose formed of gilded leaves.

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The buckler is a round shield with a steel point in the centre, known as a “brocca” or “brocco”, which gives the buckler (“brocchiere”) its name. In the early 16th century it was used by the infantry captains who marched towards enemy lines, or in duels, known as “sword and buckler”. Since it is widely written about in ancient fencing treatises, in all likelihood it was one of the most fashionable weapons in Italy during the Renaissance.

This example is a 19th-century copy of 16th-century examples. The verb “imbroccare” comes from this shield and it means to hit a target or bullseye. Therefore, hitting the mark in the sense of guessing correctly. The shield has a slight dome shape, with lowered edge and large cordon frame. The centre is decorated with a rose consisting of two compositions created with acanthus leaves, carved and gilded, in which the “brocco” is set.