Object Title

Left pauldron and vambrace

Left pauldron and vambrace


about 1610-1612

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 four below, overlapping away from the main plate. The main plate is rounded at the front and rear, narrowing to 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, with pairs of decorative rivets at the centre. At the centre of the upper lame is a plain iron buckle. At the centre of the front and rear of the main plate are rosettes formed of nine rivets each. The four lower lames are gutter-shaped, articulated by rivets at the rear and by modern internal leathers at the centre and front, attached by two and one rivet respectively to the main plate.
The main edges have file roped inward turns bordered by file roped ridges and lining rivets. The subsidiary edges are scalloped, with a punched circle in each scallop, 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 short turner, with a cutaway at the inside and a 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 double incised lines, and with a rosette of nine rivets above and below. The couter is articulated to the upper and lower cannons by internal leathers at the front and rear.
The lower cannon is slightly tulip-shaped, made of two plates formerly joined by two external hinges at the front,and fastened by a pin-catch at the rear. The main edges of the couter and lower cannon have file-roped inward turns, bordered on the fromer by file roped ridges, matching the pauldron, and on the latter by double incised lines and slighlty sunken borders.


Dimensions: length 71.6 cm ( 28.3 in ) Weight: 5 lb 4 oz ( 2.4 kg )

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 72.


conserved in 1968