Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1631-1670

Object Number

III.4550

Provenance

Purchased at auction Sotheby's, London, 17 September 1992, lot 189. From the collection of Mr W L Hill who purchased it at Wallis & Wallis Lewes sale 93, 1962, Lot 822.

Physical Description

Possibly from the armoury of William Mildmay (b.1623). Of long-waisted form, it has a slightly raised narrow neck, a medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The edges of the neck, the arm-openings, and the bottom of the waist-flange have plain inward turns. The arm-openings are bordered by a single incised line. At each side of the chest is riveted a pierced-stud which originally engaged the shoulder-straps from the backplate. Two similar studs, riveted at each side of the waist, appear to be recent additions. Suspension-holes have been crudely pierced at the top of each shoulder and at each armpit. The surface is bright with patination.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 460 mm, width 350 Weight: 4900 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck, just right of the centre with a crowned ?R and the letters MI. To the left of the centre are struck the letters TI(?). Struck across the neck, immediately below the marks just described, is the name WILLIAM MILDMAY, with the W being upside down and the D backwards.

Associations

Places England