Object Title

Cuirassier's breastplate

Cuirassier's breastplate



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Returned from loan to Dover Castle, 1989.

Physical Description

It has a deep, outward-flanged cut-out at the neck, and a medial ridge terminating just above the waist which hads a rounded flange, deepening at its centre. The arm-openings, sides and waist-flange have plain, inward turns. The edges were originally bordered by thirty-four large brass rivets of which the two at either shoulder were flat-headed, and the remainder round-headed. Those at the shoulders, the neck-opening, and two at the left side are now missing. At either side of the chest is riveted an asymmetrical, mushroom-headed stud to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate.
Bright with light pitting.


Dimensions: Height: 400 mm (15.7 in.), Width 380 mm (15.0 in.), Weight: 2.74 kg (6 lb 0.25oz)

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Places France