Object Title

Left pauldron

Left pauldron



Object Number



Bowyer Tower (1990).

Physical Description

It is now formed of of four medially ridged lames, overlapping outwards from the third. The first and third lames are deeper than the rest. The first three lames extend inwards over the chest and the back, while the fourth extends no futher 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 fourth lame. The outer edges of the expanded portions are flanged where they overlap the inner ends of the fourth lame. The main edges of the first three lames have chisel-roped, flattened, inward turns accompanied by a recessed border in which are found thirteen round-headed lining-rivets with octagonal, internal washers, now replaced in the case of the first and last rivets with externally flush rivets. The secondary edges of vthe second to fourth 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 modern, round-headed sliding-rivets with octagonal, internal washers. The third and fourth lames are connected to one another at the rear by a round-headed sliding-rivet with an octagonal, internal washer. The lames are further coinnected 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 and the rivets which secured them are now missing. Decorative round-headed rivets formerly occupied construction-holes corresponding to the rivet-holes for the front leather. Only the rivet in the fourth lame is now preserved. To compensate for the loss of the internal connecting-leathers, the third and fourth lames have subsequently been rigidly secured to one another by a round-headed rivet with an octagonal, internal washer, passing through the rivet-hole for the front leather on the fourth lame, and the corresponding construction-hole in the third lame. Holes for further rivets, which have since been lost, are pierced at the centre and front of the fourth lame. The apex of the first lame 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. The slot and the lower hole have since been closed by a large patch riveted within the centre of the relevant lame.
The pauldron is etched with five 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 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 cross-hatched background, is of the type produced by scratching the design through the resist.
The pauldron closely resembles the right pauldron III. 3528. Although the latter has six, rather than five, vertical bands of etching, it nevertheless has every appearance of forming the pair to III. 3529.


Dimensions: Height: 207 mm (8.2 in), Width: 252 mm (9.9 in), Depth: 308 mm (12.1 in) Weight: 0.64 kg (1 lb 6.5 oz)

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