Object Title

Buckler

Buckler

Date

1530

Object Number

V.110

Provenance

From the collection of Dr. Williams, 1974.

Physical Description

Of rectangular outline, though the upper edge is a little wider than the lower with a strong medial ridge and outward curving sides. The outer edges ore turned over a wire with two further applied frames, one within the other of semi-curcular strip secured by rivets. At the centre of the medial ridge is a long upturned straight hook with a fleur-de-lys shaped base plate used for catching an opponent's weapon.


The inside, now painted black carries an H shaped bridge riveted by each extremity with the cross-bar forming a vertical grip. The upper right hand branch is worked at the centre into a circular dish for providing a rest for the left thumb which could act as a brace to prevent the buckler turning under pressure from an opponent's blade.

Techniques

Riveted

Materials

Dimensions

OverallHeight320 mm
OverallWeight995 g
bottomWidth260 mm
TopWidth310 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Italy/Europe

Notes

Bucklers of the pattern are shown in 'Opera Nova de achille' by Marozzo, Bologne, 1536.