Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1685

Object Number

III.166

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

It is of deep waisted form, with a raised neck, medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges have plain inward turns. At either arm is a replacement pierced stud and a round headed brass rivet where the original swivel hook was fitted, for the shoulder straps. At the left centre is a very shallow proof mark. The exterior is polished bright. Inside is a deeply punched dot at the top of the medial ridge.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 495 mm, width 355 mm Weight: 7500 g (16 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with crowned IR and TC for the maker. Inside, a construction mark, 2 wedges.

Associations

Places England

Notes

One of the group of plain, late 17th century harquebus breastplates of the same type as the armour by Richard Holden for James II, II.123. The construction mark is confusingly the same as another by TC in this series.