Object Title

Portions of an armour

Portions of an armour



Object Number



Probably transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

It consists of a bevor with a falling buffe of three plates and a toe-cap. The buffe is formed of three articulated plates pierced at the right with breaths, and secured in the closed position by sprung studs. All of these are articulated by rivets to a lower bevor with holes at either upper corner where it was secured to the skull of its helmet. The main edges have plain inward turns with recessed borders bounded on the inside with ribs; the border on the upper buffe plate contains a series of slots, for additional vision as well as for ventilation. The toe cap is designed to be worn with mail sabatons, and has a series of pierced holes around its main edges.


Dimensions: buffe height 270 mm (10.7 in), width 258 mm (10.2 in), depth 317 mm (12.5 in); toe cap width 105 (4.1 in) Weight: buffe 1360 g (3 lb); toe cap 113 g (4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks.


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XXII.

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Armour made in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich, H.M. Tower of London, 22 May-29 September, 1951, No. 53.

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2


Probably pieces from the lost armour of Henry VIII to which the saddle-steels VI.96 and VI.97 also belonged. Fromerly II.8 Q and II.8 R. RC2: Permission to lend required from sovereign. The decoration is probably based on designs by Hans Holbein the Younger as it is reminiscent of, but not identical to, some of the designs in the Englischen Skizzenbuch in the Kunstmuseum, Basel (inv. 1662.165). It is possible that this is the armour 'one harnesse for the kinges Majestie all graven and parcel guilte bothe for the felde and Tilte complete which was commanded to be translated at the kinges goinge over to Bulloigne whiche lieth in peces parte transla ted and patre untranslated by A contrarie comaundement by the kinges Majestie' at Greenwich in the 1547 inventory (Starkey 1998: 161).