Object Title

Right pauldron

Right pauldron



Object Number



Old Tower Collection, Bowyer Tower, AS 44 1990

Physical Description

It is formed of nine medially ridged lames, overlapping outwards from the third. The first, third and ninth lames are deeper than the rest. The first three lames extend inwards over the chest and back, while the last six 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 inward turns with irregular roping. A plain inward turn occurs at the front lower edge of the ninth lame, which is cut away in a curve to clear the inside of the elbow. The secondary edges of the second to eighth lames are decorated with v-shaped nicks at the medial ridge.
The first three lames are connected to one another at their front and rear ends by round-headed rivets, of which the two at the front are later replacements , below which on the third lame are a later pair of decorative round-headed rivets. The third to the ninth lames are connected to one another at the rear by a single column of round-headed sliding rivets with square internal washers. The lames were further connected to one another at the centre and at the front by internal leathers secured in each case by externally flush rivets. Both leathers are now missing. A single column of decorative round-headed occupies construction holes corresponding to the rivet-holes for the front leather. To compensate for the loss of the leather the lames have been rigidly cfonnected to one another by externally flush rivets at the front side edge from the fifth to the ninth lames and at the centre on the fourth and fifth lames, where the side edge is obstructed by the third lame. The rivet at the front side edge connected the fifth and sixth lame has broken through.
At the lower edge of the ninth lame at the rear and centre is an externally flush rivet retaining on the inside fragments of the internal leathers that originally connected the couter to the pauldron. On the front side edge of the ninth lame is a buckle, while on the on the rear side edge is an externally flush rivet retaining on the inside fragments of the leather strao. This secured the pauldron around the arm. The apex of the first lame has a buckle for the attachment of the pauldron to the collar.
It is patinated. At the rear of the third lame is a corroded hole. A pair of small holes at the centre of the ninth lame are of indeterminate function.


Dimensions: Height: 34.5 cm (13.5 in), Width: 27.5 cm (10.9 in), Depth: 18.5 cm (7.3 in) Weight: 1.120kg (2lb. 7 1/4oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Painted in white inside is the number '59' over the number 5. the first six lames are each nicked three times.