Object Title

Pikeman's backplate

Pikeman's backplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Returned from loan 105 to Belfast, 12/9/91.

Physical Description

With a shallow cut-out at the neck, deep arm-openings and a flange at the waist. The edges at the neck-opening, arm-openings and waist-flange have plain inward turns, bordered by single incised line decoration. The upper corner of each waist edge curves to meet the arm-opening. At either shoulder are two rivet holes for the missing shoulder strap. At the right shoulder the inner hole is now riveted closed and the outer one has subsequently broken into another hole pierced next to it.
At either side of the waist are two horizontally-aligned rivets for the missing waist-strap.

At the right side of the waist flange are two vertically-aligned rivets of indeterminate function, the upper now missing.

It is externally bright but patinated.


Dimensions: Height: 411 mm (16.2 in), Width: 365 mm (14.4 in), Depth: 161 mm (6.3 in) Weight: 2.12 kg (4 lb 10.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned IR Painted inside in white paint: 8


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