Object Title

Right pauldron

Right pauldron

Date

1545-1565

Object Number

III.3528

Provenance

Bowyer Tower (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 four extend no futher than the inside of the arm. The third lame is expanded downwards at bothe front and rear, to the level of the bottom of the fourth lame. The outer edges of the expanded portions are flanged where they overlap the inner ends of nthe fourth lame. The main edges of the first three lame have chisel-roped, flattened, inward turns accompanied by a recessed border in which are found twelve round-headed lining-rivets with octagonal, internal washers. A file-roped partial turn occurs at the front of the lower edge of the sixth lame, which is cut away in a concave curve to clear the inside of the elbow. The secondary edges of the second to fifth lames are decorated with V-shaped nicks to either side of the connecting-rivets, and at the medial ridge. The first three lames are connected to one another at their front and rear ends by round-headed rivets with octagonal, internal washers. The third to sixth lames are connected to one another at the rear by a single column of round-headed sliding-rivets with octagonal, 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 a single column of externally flush rivets. The leathers are now missing, as are all the rivets except for those on the fourth lame. That at the centre of the third lame has been replaced by a similar rivet fitted with a square, external washer. That at the front of the third lame is of brass-capped, round-headed form with a circular, internal washer. A single column of decorative, round-headed rivets, now missing from the fouth lame, occupy construction-holes corresponding to the rivet-holes for the front leather. To compensate for the loss of the internal connecting-leathers, the lames have subsequently been rigidly secured to one another by externally flush rivets located in specially created holes at the front and rear of the of the third and fourth lames, at the front of the fourth and fifth lames and at the centre and front of the fifth and sixth lames. These rivets have themselves subsequently been lost from the fourth to sixth lames, which have then been further secured to one another by externaly flush copper rivets located in specially created holes at the front of the fouth and fifth lames and at the centre of the fifth and sixth lames. The lower edge of the sixth lame is pierced with a rivet-hole at both the centre and the rear, for the attachment of the internal leathers that originally connected the couters to it. The rear hole is still occupied by an externally flush rivet. Just to the front of it is pierced a later hole. Secured within the upper rear corner of the sixth lame by by a single, externally flush rivet is a single-ended iron buckle with a D-shaped loop decorated at its centre with a W-formation. Its hasp is shaped around the rivet at either side. The buckle would have engaged a strap which was formerly attached by a rivet located in a hole pierced at the front of the sixth lame. The apex of the first lame is is pierced with a horizontal slot for the strap that would have issued through it and connected the pauldron to the collar. The srap would have been secured internally by a rivet located in a hole situated immediately below the slot. After passing through a loop on the collar, the strap would have been doubled back and secured by a buckle that was formerly attached by a rivet located in a hole situated a little above the slot. A flat-headed copper rivet located in a later hole, pierced just below that for the missing strap, secures a later, single-ended, rectangular brass buckle with a leather loop. A crude hole has been pierced at the centre of the upper border of the first lame. The front, upper edge of the third lame has a large, riveted, internal patch. The pauldron is etched with six vertical bands of stylised, running foliage with cherubs, enclosed by pairs of lines, and in the case of the central band, an engrailed border with the crests alternately terminating in dots and crosses. Similar, but narrower bands of etching, without the cherubs, accompany the roped edges of the pauldron. The etching, which has a cross-hatched background, is of the type produced by scratching the design through a resist.
The pauldron closely resembles the left pauldron III. 3529. Although the latter has five, rather than six, vertical bands of etching, it nevertheless has every appearance of forming a pair to III. 3528.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 322 mm (12.7 in), Width: 182 mm (7.2 in), Depth: 195 mm (11.6 in) Weight: 0.95 kg (2 lb 1.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

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