Object Title

Half armour

Half armour



Object Number



Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 22 July 1949.

Physical Description

Gorget of large size intended to be worn separately over a buff coat, formed of two deep plates with scalloped lower edges and recessed borders. On the rear plate are hinged brass straps for the sprung studs securing the pauldrons. The breastplate has a sharp vestigial peascod, and finely roped inward turns at the neck and arms, which are bordered by single incised lines curving to central points surmounted with three punched dots. There is also a single incised line running diagonally at either side. The backplate is en suite, and has a flange at the waist forming a narrow cult. The fauld is a single deep plate to which the large rectangular tassets of seven lames are attached by three straps each. The tassets and fauld are boxed and their main edges have roped, inward turns with recessed borders, the lower borders with V-shaped indentations with three decorative brass rivets. The upper edges of the plates have shallow cusps. The main plates of the pauldrons have five fan-shaped plates at the front, the upper ends secured by a rivet, the lower ends on a leather. The subsidiary edges are cusped. The upper cannons have turning joints, the couters large wings which do not fully encircle the arm and embossed rosettes at the point o0f the elbow. The gauntlets have large bell-shaped pointed cuffs, two wrist lames, four metacarpal lames and indented knuckle plates. The finger scales are restored. The armour has brass capped iron rivets throughout, the majority original, and most of the leather lining bands are original, with modern piccadils of dark red cloth. The straps of the cuirass and tassets are also covered with red cloth, and modern. the brass buckles may be original.


Weight: 17.252 kg (38 lb)


Bibliographic References

Claude Blair, European Armour, B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1958, p.212-13.

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


The Swiss attribution is based on the characteristic fan-shaped plates at the front of the pauldrons. Originally purchased with a Zischõgge, now iv.1075. Displayed since the late 1970s with a burgonet, iv.331