Object Title

Right pauldron and vambrace

Right 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 five below. 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 two lames above are of even width, and the upper one expands to the rear. They are articulated by rivets at the front and the rear. At the centre of the upper lame is a plain iron buckle. At the centre of the front and rear of the main plate is a rosette formed, rather crudely, of thirteen and nine brass-headed rivets respectively. The five lower lames are gutter shaped, and articulated by rivets at the front, attached by pairs of rivets to the main plate.
The main edges have file roped inward turns bordered by double incised lines and brass headed lining rivets. The subsidiary edges are scalloped and bordered by double incised lines.
The upper cannon is tubular, with an angled cutaway at the inside, and joined in a riveted seam at the rear. At the top is a shallow turner, with a scalloped upper edge, a cutaway at the inside, and an embossed ridge at the base.
The couter is of bracelet form, with a large, heart-shaped wing at the front, a small wing at the rear, and a pucker at the inside. Across the front, to the point of the elbow, is a file roped ridge bordered by single incised lines. The couter is articulated to the upper and lower cannons by internal leathers at the fornt and rear. On the front wing is a circle of ten rivets.
The lower cannon is slightly tulip-shaped, made of two plates joined at the rear by a hinge, and fastened by a pin-catch on the outside. The main edge of the couter and lower cannon have file roped inward turns, with sunken borders.


Dimensions: length 71.5 cm ( 28.2 in ) Weight: 5 lb 4 oz ( 2.4 kg )

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 130.


Conserved in 1968