A modernistic classification for this type of armor, it is thought to have been developed under commission of Emperor Maximilian I in the 15th Century. This armor was known for it's highly extravagant designs (fluting and etching). Also considered a fully “enclosed” armor system, Chain Mail was seldom used. Although highly decorated, the “fluting” noted throughout the armor may have served as a form of weapons deflection (far superior to just plain armor). Often, facial like “expressions” were carved or engraved into visor plates. Although not considered battle armor, a few surviving documents attest to some engagements. More so a “ceremonial” set of armor (actually worn by Emperor Maximilian and his Guard), they fell into disuse at the beginning of the 16th Century.