Object Title

Right pauldron

Right pauldron



Object Number



Old Tower Collection, Bowyer Tower, AS. 44 (1990)

Physical Description

It is formed of six medially ridged lames, overlapping outwards from the third. The first, third and sixth lames are deeper than the rest. The first three lames extend inwards over the chest and the back, while the last threee extend no further than the inside of the arm. The third lame is expanded downwards at both the front and rear to the level of the bottom of the fifth lame, where it is flanged. The main edges of the first three lames have roped inward turns accompanied by a recessed border in which are nineteen externally flush lining-rivets. The sixth lame is cut away in a curve to clear the inside of the elbow.
The first three lames are connected to one another at their front and rear ends by round-headed rivets. All six lames were connected to one another at the centre by internal leather secured in each case by a single column of externally flush rivets which retain fragments of leather in the lower four lames. To compensate for the loss of the leather the four lower lames have been rigidly connected to to one anotyher by externally flush rivets located to the inside of the original holes. A similar internal leather (missing) also connected to the lower four lames at the front. A single column of decorative round-headed rivets occupies construction holes corresponding to the rivet-holes. The lower four lames are, howeverm, connected at the rear by sliding rivets with round internal washers except in the case of the missing rivet connecting the third to the fourth lame to compensate for which loss, towards the centre, is a rigidly riveted rivet.
The lower edge of the sixth lame is pierced at each side with a rivet-hole for the attachment of the internal leather that originally connected the couter to the pauldron. To the outside of each rivet-hole is a leater internal mushroom-headed stud. To the outside of each rivet hole is a later internal mushroom-headed stud. The sixth lame is pierced at each side edge with a pair of rivets for the attachment of the missing strap and buckle which originally secured the pauldron around the arm. The apex of the first lame is pierced with a slot above and below which is a rivet-hole. The lower rivet-hole was for the attachment of a leather strap which passed through the slot and , securing the pauldron to th ecollar, was fastened by a buckle riveted above the slot. Two further holes are of indeterminate function.


Dimensions: Height: 31.5 cm (12.3 in.), width: 24.9 cm (9.5 in), Depth:19.0 cm (7.5 in) Weight: 1.08kg (2lb 6.25oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Painted in white is the number '339'