Object Title

Backplate and tassets

Backplate and tassets



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Purchased from Leeds City Council, 1967. Associated with the Renkin Collection, but originally from the collection of Mrs Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam House, acquired about 1870

Physical Description

The backplate is etched overall, with a central cartouche containing the figure of Hercules struggle with the hydra. The tassets are formed of two lames etched with an armoured horseman.

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible


Places Netherlands

Bibliographic References

S Pyhrr and T Richardson, 'The 'Master of the Snails and Dragonflies' identified' Journal of the Arms and Armour Society XIV.6, 1994: 329-63, fig. 12

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2


These decorated versions of the armour worn by rank-and-file pikeman are frequently shown in group portraits of officers of Dutch Burgher militia by Cornelius Ketel and Thomas de Keyser.