“Grabenpanzer” (Steel Body Armor)… This type of body armor was introduced in 1916. It was specially designed to protect troops who were to hold a position against all attacks. The armor consisted of a breastplate, with flapped protective sections for the stomach and groin. It was made of sheet steel of about 5/15 inch in tickness, and was ideally suited for guard duties, exposed trench locations , machine gunners or by snipers holding a position.
This rare and heavy WW1 trench armor makes a striking display. These were not manufactured in large numbers and are very hard to find outside of a museum. It’s professionally mounted on a hand-made museum quality stand. I’ve pictured the back of the armer and the mounting structure so you can see the care taken to display this unique item. I also show a close up of the armor’s finish and original patina… just the thing collectors look for. It stands over 44 inches tall. Priced at $4200. You can now see this item and the rest of our collection at the new Radio-Guy showroom in Buchanan, New York.