Object Title

Right pauldron

Right pauldron



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. Bowyer Tower, AS 44 1990

Physical Description

It is formed of seven medially ridged lames, overlapping outwards from the third. The first, third and seventh lames are deeper than the rest. The first three lames extend inwards over the chest and the back, while the last four extend no further than the inside of the arm. The third lame is expanded downwards at both the front and the rear, to the level of the bottom of the fourth lame. The outer edges of the expanded portion are flanged where they overlap the inner ends of the fourth lame. The main edges of the first three lames have roped inward turns accompanied by a recessed border in which are found twelve externally flush lining rivets. A similar turn and border occurs at the front of the lower edge of the seventh lame which is cut away in a concave curve to clear the inside of the elbow. The secondary edges of the second to sixth lames are decorated with single incised lines. The first three lames are connected to one another at their front and rear ends by rivets. Only the rear, upper rivet, which is of round-headed type, appears to be original. The upper front rivet is located in a new hole, slightly inwards of the original hole on the second lame, which is broken out to the edge. The third to seventh lames are connected to one another at the rear by a single column of round-headed sliding-rivets with square, internal washers, now missing in the case of the case of the rivet connecting the third and fourth lames. The lames were further connected to one another at the centre and the front by internal leathers secured in each case by a single column of externally flush rivets. Both leathers and the rivets which secured them are missing from the fourth and fifth lames. To compensate for the loss of the leathers, the third to to seventh lames have been rigidly secured to one another by a single column of externally flush rivets located between the lines of the two leathers, and passing through holes specially created for them. A single column of decorative, round-headed rivets occupies construction-holes corresponding to yhe rivet-holes for the front leather. The rivet in the third lame is now missing. The lower edge of the seventh lame is pierced with a pair of rivet-holes at both the centre and the rear, for the attachment of the internal leathers that originally connected the couter to it. A small wiring-hole has later been pierced just behind the rearmost of these holes. The front of the seventh lame is pierced with a rivet-hole for the attachment of a buckle which engaged a corresponding strap secured by an externally flush rivet located at the top of the rear edge of the same lame. A fragment of the internal strap is preserved. The apex of the first lame is pierced with a rivet-hole for the attachment of the missing strap or buckle that would have connected the pauldron to the collar. Above the hole is a second, possibly later hole. The rear end of the first lame and the front end of the third lame are pierced with later wiring-holes.
Heavily patinated.


Dimensions: Height: 34.0 cm (13.4 in), Width: 21.7 cm (8.5 in), Depth: 34.1 cm (9.1 in) Weight: 0.99 kg (2 lb 2.5 oz)

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