Object Title

Plackart

Plackart

Date

1480-1490

Object Number

III.1082

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From Rhodes, acquired by Sir J Lefroy 1867.

Physical Description

Of one piece, rounded, with a low medial ridge extending from mid-chest to the lower edge. The upper edge has a low cusp at either side, rises to a high, broad central cusp, and arches into a small central cusp with low triangular finial decorated with six deep wedge-shaped cuts. There is a plain, narrow lower flange pierced at centre and to either side for a lost fauld, and has straight side edges. The medial ridge is embossed with five shallow flutes radiating downwards from the sides at mid-height, terminating in very shallow recessed bands at the outer cusps. At centre the plackart has a hole for the mounting fixture of the breastplate.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 300 mm, width 310 mm, depth 153 mm Weight: 680 g

Inscriptions and Marks

at the right is stamped the Rotunda number MA 2296.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873: 139, MA 2296

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 149, no. 16/228

P Tudor-Craig, Richard III, London, National Portrait, 1973: 76, no. 201.

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 4.9