Object Title

Saddle steels

Saddle steels

Date

1540

Object Number

VI.114

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Cantle steel of two plates, overlapped left to right and pierced for connection by a modern bolt. The steel is decorated with altenately raised and sunken vertical bands, the former etched with sprays of flowers and foliage, vases, cornucopia and entwined dolphins on a plain gilt ground, the latter with scrolling floral ornament ending at the base in dolphin-like monsters on a granulated ground and originally gilt overall. The upper and side edges have roped inward turns and a wide sunken border decorated as above. An attachment hole is pierced through each side of the cantle.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length across lower ends: 660 mm (26 in). Max. height (on left side): 198 mm (7.8 in) Weight: kg ( 2 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Bibliographic References

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009,

Notes

Possibly French in the Italian fashion. RC3: Royal Association to be noted on loan papers to the Royal Armouries Board of Trustees.