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Bulletproof breastplate, 19th century

Bulletproof breastplate, 19th century

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Bulletproof breastplate, 19th-century artwork. This breastplate was invented by a German tailor Heinrich Dowe. Here, Dowe (wearing the breastplate) is taking part in a military test of its effectiveness. The cloth-like material used did not contain steel or iron. Although it successfully stopped the bullets, it weighed around 5 kilograms and was too heavy for widespread use. Artwork from the 14th volume (second period of 1894) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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