Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate

Pikeman's breastplate



Object Number



Old Tower stock. Captured from the French under Marshal Toiras in 1627.

Physical Description

Of deep-waisted form, with cut-out at the neck, sloping shoulders, a medial ridge and a deep flange at the waist. The edges of the neck and arm openings and of the waist flange have plain inward turns bordered by double incised line decoration. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for securing the strap from the backplate. At either side below the arm openings there is a later suspension hole. The centre of the neck opening is pierced by a later large circular hole. The outer side is bright, the inner rough from the hammer.


Dimensions: Max height: 431 mm (17 in), Max width: 425 mm (16.75 in) Weight: 1717 kg ( 3 lb 12 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped low on the chest TOIRAS (three letters each side of the medial line).



During the ill-fated Ile de Rhe expedition about 1000 cuirasses were seized, probably from the ship 'St Esprit'. This is one of 281 breasts and backs still in the Armouries and mentioned in the 1650 summary Inventory (I.56, re-acquired for the Armouires in November 1963). The Toiras group is the most extensive armour trophy surviving from a 17th-century campaign.