Object Title

Left pauldron and vambrace

Left pauldron and vambrace



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

Physical Description

The pauldron consists of a main plate with three lames 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 rectagular cutaway, with a flange at either side. The two lames above are of even width, and the top one widens to the rear. They are articulated by rivets at the front and rear. At the centre of the upper lame is a plain iron buckle. At the centre of the front of the main plate is an iron rivet with a brass rosette washer.
The three lower lames are gutter shaped, and articulated by rivets at the front and rear, and by a modern internal leather at the centre, attached by two rivets to the main plate.
The main edges have file roped inward turns, bordered by lining rivets and double incised lines. The subsidiary edges of the main plate and the lames above are bordered by double incised lines.
The upper cannon is tubular, with an angled cutaway at the front, and joined in a riveted seam on the inside. At the top is a short turner, with a shallow cutaway at the inside.
The counter is of bracelet form, with a large wing at the front, a smaller wing at the rear, and a pucker at the inside. Across the front, to the point of the elbow, is an embossed, file roped, transverse ridge. The couter is articulated to the upper and lower cannons by internal leathers at the front and rear.
The lower cannon is made of two plates, joined by two external hinges at the front and by a pin-catch at the rear. The upper edge of the inner plate is concave, and the lower edges have inward turns.
All elements below the mainplate of the pauldron are restorations.


Dimensions: length 700 mm (27.6 in.) Weight: 5 lb 8 oz ( 2.5 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 114.