Object Title

Culet - Of Henry VIII

Culet - Of Henry VIII



Object Number

II.8 V


Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

Composed of three lames, articulated by sliding rivets at either side, and by two modern leathers. Above each set of sliding rivets is a keyhole slot for attachment to the backplate. At the centre of the upper plate is a plate attached by three flush rivets holding the base of a modern leather on two round-headed rivets. The main edges are bordered by etched and gilt bands of foliage on a plain ground, the subsidiary edges with similar narrow bands. All three lames have been extended by about 75 mm at either side, like the backplate of this armour, with plain plates attached by flush rivets, and have a modern retaining leather at the edge.


OverallHeight150 mm
OverallWeight1.775 kg
OverallWidth530 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted 7/9 in white, and stamped with a broad arrow over WD.


Places England


This culet is intended for field, tilt and tourney use in the garniture. The alternative culet, ii.8 m, was used for foot combats. It has been displayed since 1964 with the tilt reinforces of the armour, and fits the fauld ii.8 l. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign