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Mordred’s (Robert Addie) Suit of ‘Golden’ Armour EXCALIBUR

A suit of armour worn by Mordred (Robert Addie), the resentful son of Arthur, in John Boorman’s fantasy adventure Excalibur. The grown-up Mordred wore this suit during the later scenes of the movie when all but a few of Arthur’s men had died in pursuit of the holy grail, and Mordred challenged his father for the throne. Handmade by legendary armourer Terry English in ‘gold’-sprayed aluminium, this was the only suit of elder Mordred armour made for the film. The suit consists of a chest and back plate, arms, gauntlets, scaled skirt, leg and foot guards and a chainmail neck piece. English made the instantly recognisable aluminium helmet after production for display purposes, as the fibreglass version was lost. The piece is embellished with rivets, spikes and muscular definition and held together with leather straps and metal buckles. A number of unique marks on the chest and arms screen match. The set was used in countless stunts and action sequences, which left the suit with a number of scratches and repairs. Most notably, the breastplate was modified for the shot in which Mordred is mortally wounded through the chest by Excalibur, and re-shoots required English to repair the hole. The repair is visible on screen, as is ‘gold’-painted Gafer tape attached to the lower bicep. Overall, the suit remains in very good condition, though some of the gold paint is scuffed, several scales are lost and the leather straps are fragile. The legs are marked “Eric” for use in a subsequent production. Dressed height: 180 cm (71”) tall £18,000-20,000

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