Object Title

Left vambrace

Left vambrace



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

The pauldron consists of a main plate with one plate above and three below, overlapping upwards and downwards from the main plate. The main plate is rounded at the front and rear, narrowing at the front. At the centre of the lower edge is a deep rectangular cutaway, with a flange at either side. The upper lame is wide, narrowing to the front. It is articulated by rivets at the front and rear. At the centre is an associated buckle. The three lower lames are gutter shaped, and articulated by modern internal leathers at the front and centre, and by rivets at the rear. The main edges are inwardly turned, and bordered by lining rivets. The upper cannon is formed of two gutter-shaped plates. The upper one continues the line of the lower pauldron lames, and has an arched opening at the front for the arm. The lower plate is associated and is trapezoidal. These plates are articulated by internal leathers to the couter and lower cannon. The couters are of bracelet form, with a large wing at the front and a small wing at the rear. A transverse ridge runs from the point of the elbow to the deep medial pucker on the inside. There are two rivets at the front, for the internal leather, and the same at the rear. The main edges are inwardly turned, file roped and bordered by single incised lines. The lower cannon is slightly tulip-shaped, constructed of two plates joined by two external hinges at the front., and a pin catch at the rear. The upper edge of the inner plate is concave, with a narrow, inward turn, and the lower edges are inwardly turned.


Dimensions: overall length 59.2 cm ( 23.4 in ) Weight: 4 lb 1 oz ( 1.8 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 220.


The pauldron and vambrace are associated and were conserved in 1968.