Object Title

Cuirass

Cuirass

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

XXVIA.21

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The cuirass is made of 16 vertical splints tapering from breast level towards the waist and joined to each other by applied hinges running the full length of each plate. The cuirass is fastened around the body with one removable hinge pin by the right breast. The splints at the centre of the back and to the right and left of the front are equipped with half hinges on their upper edges for the attachment of shoulder straps, probably of mail. The plates which show much sign of wear and repair are heavily silvered on the outside.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.96. p.97.

W. Egerton, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 572.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.309. p.40.

Notes

This cuirass was for many years wired onto the lower edge of a mail shirt (presumably sold).