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 and a flange at the waist. The edges at the neck-opening, arm-openings and waist-flange have plain inward turns.
From the neck opening to the waist there is a medial band of incised line decoration of an indeterminate number of lines, a curved band of double incised line decoration springing from the waist to the arm-opening. An (?)earlier band of double incised line decoration, more worn than the first, springs from a point on the waist on the outer side of the first band, crossing it at a more acute angle.
At either shoulder are two rivets fitted with internal irregular square washers, which secure fragments of the shoulder strap, over which is also secured a rectangular scale, its rear edge cusped. On the inner side, close to the neck-opening, are pierced two crude wiring holes. At either side of the waist are two horizontally-aligned rivets fitted with internal irregular square washers, which retain fragments of the leather waist strap. On the left the rearmost washer is missing; between the two rivets on the right the original front rivet hole has broken out to the lower edge and been replaced by another.

Each side of the waist, and left and centre of the flange, is pierced with a wiring hole. The right side of the flange is missing. The inward turns at the arm and neck-openings has broken out to the edge. The shoulder edges are damaged, notably on the left where end of the wire of the arm-opening is exposed. The upper side of the left arm-opening has split to the edge and has been repaired internally with a rectangular plate with bevilled inner corners, secured by two externally flush rivets.
It is externally bright but patinated.


Dimensions: Height: 330 mm (13 in), Width: 375 mm (14.75 in), Depth: 200 mm (7.9 in) Weight: 1.35 kg (2 lb 15.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted on the inside in white paint: T IV


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