It’s always fascinating to go to a history museum and see suits of armor from the past, but it’s unlikely you’ve seen any of the armor that protected the pets of the time. Long before humans ever battled within their own species, cats and mice have had a long standing nemesis. Earlier than Tom & Jerry, Tweety & Sylvester, or Itchy & Scratchy ever graced our television screens, there lived a whole lot of cat and mice colonies strategically plotting how to take one another out. Although none of the original historical pieces have survived, as cats and mice were very good about keeping their wars a secret and never fighting with armor in the presence of humans, metal magician Jeff de Boer has sculpted these incredible hypotheses of what the suits of cat armor would look like.
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Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jeff de Boer began sculpting armor for humans, but once he created a suit of cat armor in a sculpture class, he was inspired to try more animal armor. He has experimented in the styles of Medieval times, the Renaissance Era, Ancient Rome, and Japan’s Edo period. According to io9, de Boer has never tried putting mice armor on an actual mouse, but he has attempted dressing one of his cats in armor and “has the scars to prove it.” Check out more of his magnificent sculptures on his website and show him some love on Facebook.