Object Title

Siege breastplate

Siege breastplate

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

III.1758

Provenance

Old Tower stock.

Physical Description

Of great weight, with low neck, medial ridge and narrow flange at the waist. The edges of the neck and arm openings and lowest edge of the waist flange have plain inward turns bordered by single incised line decoration. On either side of the chest is a plain swivel-hook riveted through its flattened diamond end, which engages a pierced stud to the outside of it, that originally held the straps from the backplate. On the lower right side of the chest is a shallow proof mark with three smaller marks beside it on the inside. At either side below the arm opening there is a later suspension hole. A hole has been pierced at either side of the waist flange. On the inner side of the chest, at either side, an oval pierced lug has been rivetted through the plate, with a flush rivet on the outer side.
The outer side is bright but acid cleaned. The inner side is rough from the hammer. The inward turn at the neck opening has slight cracks, and a small patch of metal to the left of the medial ridge has laminated. The upper end of the medial ridge on the inner side is slightly laminated. There is a small rectangular cut in the upper left side of the chest on the inner side.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max height: 43.1 cm (17 in), Max width: 36.8 cm (14.5 in) Weight: 9.7 kg (21 lb 6 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Associations

Places England