Object Title

Left pauldron

Left pauldron

Date

1550-1560

Object Number

III.3519

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, AS 44 1990

Physical Description

It is formed of seven medially ridges lames, overlapping outwards from the third. The first, third and seventh lames are deep4er than the rest. The first three lames extend inwards over the chest and back, while the last four extend no further than the insede of the arm. The third lame is expanded downwards at both the front and rear to the level of the bottom of the fourth lame, where it is flanged. The main edges of the first three lames have flatly roped inward turns accompanied by a recessed border. A similar turn occurs at the front lower edge of the seventh lame, which is cut away in a curve to clear the inside of the elbow. The secondary edges of the second to sixth lames are decorated with v-shaped nicks at the medial ridge and to either side of the connecting rivets.
The first three lames are connected to one another at the rear by a single column of round-headed sliding rivets with square internal washers. The lames are further connected to one another at the centre and at the front by original internal leathers secured in each case by externally flush rivets with square internal washers. The front strap-end has broken away, substantial fragments of which are retained by an original, large, externally flat-headed rivet on the third lame. At the centre of the third lame, the strap-end is now retained by an externally flush-headed rivet with the original round-headed rivet a little to the inside of it. A sinlge column of decorative round headed rivets occupies construction holes corresponding to the rivet-holes for the front leather. At the lower edge of the seventh lame, at the front and rear is now an internal mushroom-headed stud for the attachment of the internal leathers that orginially connected to couter to the pauldron. A little to the outside of each stud is the original rivet. On the front side edge of the seventh lame isriveted a later but working life buckle, with its strap on the corresponding rear side edge, beneath which is the original rivet. This secured the pauldron around the arm. The apex of the first lame has a later buckle for the attachment of the pauldron to the collar.
It was originally bright but now is substantially corroded. The first main edge of the first lame is cracked with two small corroded holes. Both subsidiary edges of the second lame are substantially patched as is the upper subsidiary edge of the third lame. The seventh lame at its front part, having completely broken, is solidly riveted together, while the lower edge is cracked and patched. At the centre of the seventh lame is a small corroded hole while towards the front is a crudely pierced hole of indeterminate function.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 32.5 cm (12.7 in), Width: 28.5 cm (11.2 in), Depth: 22.0 cm (8.8 in) Weight: 0.935kg (2lb. 3/4oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

The subsidiary edges have small nicks on the inside of the pauldron.

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