Object Title

Lower cannon of a left vambrace

Lower cannon of a left vambrace


about 1570

Object Number



Bowyer Tower, AS. 52 (1990)

Physical Description

It is of tubular form tapering to the wrist where it has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. A similar turn and border occurs at the inside and front of its upper edge where it is cut away in a concave curve towards the inside of the elbow.
The cannon is formed of an inner and an outer plate, the former fitting within the latter. The two plates are joined to one another at the rear by a pair of iron hinges and fastened at the front by a plain, circular stud at the centre side edge of the inner plate engaging a corresponding hole in the edge of the outer plate.
The upper edge of the outer plate has a large internal stud decorated by raised pellets at either side for the attachment of a connecting leather. A crudely pierced hole to the inside of each stud is probably for suspension. The inner plate is pierced at the wrist probably for the wiring of a gauntlet. It is painted black overall.


Dimensions: Length: 24.5 cm (9.6 in.), Diameter at wrist: 7.5 cm (2.9 in), Diameter at elbow: 9.9 cm (3.9 in) Weight: 0.375kg (0lb 13 1/4oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

In the recessed border at the cuff is painted in white the number '289'. On the outer plate is painted in white the dnumber '16' underlined.