Object Title

Right cuisse and poleyn

Right cuisse and poleyn



Object Number



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.



OverallDepth190 mm
OverallLength480 mm
OverallWeight1.62 kg
OverallWidth230 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Italy

Bibliographic References

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


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.


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