Object Title

Left pauldron and vambrace

Left pauldron and vambrace



Object Number



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, overlapping away 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 two lames above are of even width, and the upper lame expands 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 and rear of the main plate is a rosette formed, badly, of eleven and nine brass headed rivets respectively. The five lower lames are gutter-shaped, and articulated by rivets at the rear and modern internal leathers at the centre and front, attached by pairs of rivets to the main plate.
The main edges have file-roped inward turns bordered by lining rivets and triple incised lines, except for the upperlame, which is bordered by a single incised line and has a plain edge. The subsidiary edges are scalloped, and bordered by triple incised lines, except for the three lames below the main plate which have 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 a file-roped 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 cannons by internal leathers at the front and rear. At the front is a circle of ten rivets, of which two are missing.
The lower cannon is slightly tulip-shaped, made of two plated joined at the front by two external hinges, and by a pin-catch at the rear. The main edges of the couter and lower cannon have file roped inward turns, bordered by sunken borders on the former, and triple incised lines on the latter.


Dimensions: length 70.0 cm ( 27.6 in ) Weight: 5 lb 8 oz ( 2.5 kg )

Bibliographic References

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


conserved in 1968