Object Title

Cuirassier's breastplate

Cuirassier's breastplate

Date

1804

Object Number

III.1563

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, in 1978

Physical Description

For a cuirassier officer, with a pronounced medial keel terminating above the waist, which is flanged and drawn down to a v-shaped point. The neck, arms, side and waist edges are inwardly turned and accompanied by a single incised line, which is drawn down at the centre of the neck to a cusp terminating in a circle. These edges are bordered by large domed headed rivets with circular washers, which retain fragments of canvas lining. At either side of the chest is a mushroom headed stud for the attachment of a shoulder strap. At the neck is a stamped mark 811. The breastplate is painted black, bearing the stamped mark MA 2246 at the right shoulders with 16/148 painted in white.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 18.2 in. (462mm). Width: 14.3 in. (363 mm). Depth: 5.4 in. (137). Weight: 7 lb 1 oz. (3.240 kg).

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamp
811
neck
stamped
Markright shoulder
painted
Stampright shoulder
stamped

Associations

Places France

Bibliographic References

Rotunda Catalogue, 1873 p.137, MA 2246

Rotunda Catalogue, 1906 p.149, No 16/179

Rotunda Catalogue, 1963, Vol 2, p.58, No. 16/148

Notes

The 1804 pattern for the cuirassier regiments was moderfied in 1807, and replaced in 1812. See C Aries, 'Cuirasses de ModÙle de 1804', 'Armes Blanches Militaires Francaises' (1969 fasc 4), fig 1.