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Purchased from Christie's, South Kensington, London, 23 May 1990, together with the breastplate III. 3441, to which it was attached as a modern restoration. The fauld was separated from the breastplate by the Conservation Department of the Royal Armouries in October 1990.

Physical Description

It is formed of three upward overlapping lames of which the third is deeper than the rest. The lames are connected to one another at each side by externally flush sliding-rivets. The upper edge of each lame is decorated with a cusp immediately above each of its connecting-rivets, and with a V-shaped nick at its centre where it is further decorated with a medial ridge ebclosed by a pair of incised lines. The lower edge of the third lame has an arched cut-out over the crotch where it has a narrow, boxed, outward turn. The lower edge of the third lame is also pierced at either side with a slot for a sliding-rivet (aligning with the sliding-rivets already mentioned), while to either side of the crotch and about half way along each side of the lame is pierced a pair of holes for an internal connecting-leather, suggesting that the fauld was at one time equipped with integral tassets.
Although the fauld is of modern manufacture, it may perhaps have been made (in part at least) from old lames.


Dimensions: Height: 100 mm (4.0 in), Width: 380 mm (15.0 in), Depth: 202 mm (8.0 in) Weight: kg ( lb oz)

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