Object Title

Almain collar

Almain collar



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. Bowyer Tower, AS 45. (1990)

Physical Description

The collar, which is shaped to the neck, shoulders and upper arm is formed of gorget plates and spaudler lames. The gorget is formed of a large plate and two smaller neck lames overlapping upwards at both the front and rear. These are connected to one another by three internal leathers in each case, retained by pairs of of externally flush rivets.. One rivet in each pair was otiginally a construction hole; the external corresponding construction hole being filled by a dummy rivet. The front and rear sections of the gorget are connected by an internal hinge on the left side of the upper neck lame.
They are fastened on the right side by a sprung stud on the upper neck lame and by a mushroom-headed stud on the rear plate engaging a keyhole slot in the front plate. The upper neck lame has a strong outward turn at its upper edge. The plain bottom edge of the large plate deepens at the front to obtuse point and is straight at the rear, where at the centre is a pair of holes possibly for attachment to point.
Each spandler has a medial keel and comprises six lames which overlap upwards. The main edge of the sixth lame, which is cut away in a curve to clear the inside of the elbow, has an inward turn. At the rear side edge of the same lame is riveted a strap, which secured the spandler around the arm, engaging in a buckle in the front side edge. Fragments only of the strap remains on the right spandler. The 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 internal leathers secured in each case by a bouble column of externally flush rivets. A single column of decorative round-headed rivets occupies construction holes corresponding to the inner column of rivets for the front leather.
Each upper strap-end is secured to the inside of the main gorget plates by a large, single externally flush river except in the case oof the the right front leather to which a leather tab is riveted. This tab has a slit down its centre which engages an internal mushroom-headed stud on the front right of the gorget plate. A short leather tab secured the rear of each spandler by pairs of externally flush rivets. The leaft rear tab is detatched as is the whole of the right spandler. The collar is painted overall. The original leathers are nearly all complete.


Dimensions: Height: 108 mm (4.7 in), Width: 750 mm (29.5 in aproximately), Depth: 365 mm (10.5 in) Weight: 2.27kg (5lb. 0oz)

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