Object Title

Two gorget plates

Two gorget plates



Object Number

II.8 W


Probably brought to the Tower from the palace at Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

The gorget comprises 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.



GorgetDepth305 mm
GorgetHeight120 mm
GorgetWeight775 g
GorgetWidth265 mm



The articulation of the lames on internal leathers is a characteristic feature of the Greenwich workshop. Until 1964 these gorget plates were riveted to the modified lower edge of the close helmet of Henry VIII’s 1540 armour (II.8) although the two do not belong. Unfortunately the gorget plates cannot be identified to a particular armour in the king’s 1547 inventory.