Object Title

Saddle steel

Saddle steel



Object Number



Old Tower Collection, probably transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

The bow constructed of three plates and the cantle of four. Decorated with scrolling foliage. The saddle bow is made of three plates and the cantle of four, the central plates embossed with deep curving ridges at either side, each set with six holes for screws fixing the plates to the saddle frame, those at the joins also fastening the plates together. The armour was decorated overall with narrow bands and borders etched and gilt with arabesques, the ground between these is covered with a widely spaced etched design of scrolling foliage.


Dimensions: height: 505 mm (20 in); width: 745 mm (29.5 in) Weight: 1617 g (3 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate IV, XVIII.

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


RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign.