Object Title

Right cuisse and poleyn

Right cuisse and poleyn

Date

1420

Object Number

III.1285

Provenance

Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (W R Hearst collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant, one of 52 items purchased together. From the armoury of Count Trapp, Schloss Churburg.

Physical Description

The cuisse is made of one plate, shaped to the thigh with a medial ridge, and a side plate riveted to the outside edge. The poleyn comprises a main plate, which has an oval wing with a broad medial pucker, a lame above overlapped by the cuisse and another below, and a deep lower plate with a cusped lower edge. The edges of the cuisses have numerous flush rivets for attachment of the straps, and a portion of the original strap survives on this cuisse.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

Dimensions: As mounted: length: 480 mm; width: 230 mm; depth: 190 mm Weight: 3 lb 9 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXXVII.

Notes

Compare Churburg 22, which is of exactly the same form but with hinged side plates. Churburg 53, with integral half greaves, are earlier, about 1410, while the 'cross and bishop' cuisses, Churburg 54, just precede these in form.