Object Title

Two gorget plates

Two gorget plates



Object Number

II.8 W


Transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

This element comprises the gorget plates from a falling buffe from the burgonet of an otherwise lost armour of Henry VIII. There are three lames ar the front, the upper one shaped to the lower part of the chin, and three at the rear, the upper one covering the nape of the neck. The main edges have plain inward turns with fire gilt recessed borders, and no etched decoration. The subsidiary edges are bordered by double incised lines. These pieces were riveted to the base of the close helmet of the 1540 armour of Henry VIII, but removed between 1959 and 1964 (probably in 1964 before photography of the helmet.


Dimensions: height 120 mm (4.7 in), width 265 mm (10.5 in), depth 305 mm (12.0 in), Weight: 775 g



Compare the falling buffe for Henry VIII numbered ii.9, though in this piece the upper plate continues above the chin to pivots at the sides. It is possible that these plates could alternatively have formed part of a wrapper. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign