Object Title

Couter

Couter

Date

1550-1560

Object Number

III.3539

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower, (1990). Found associated with the pauldron and upper cannon III.3554-6 and the lower cannon III.3540 which had been incorrectly riveted to one another.

Physical Description

Made in one piece, with an opening at the rear. It is shaped to the elbow, expands into a heart-shaped wing at the front, and has a pucker where it curves around the inside of the arm. The upper and lower edges have file-roped, flattened inward turns accompanied on the wing by a recessed border. A roped, transverse ridge runs from behind the point of the elbow to the start of the pucker. At the centre front is a vertically aligned pair of holes, one with a flush rivet, which originally retained the internal connecting-leather. At the centre rear is a flush rivet for the other connecting-leather and the strap and buckle. At the start of the pucker is another flush rivet for the other end of the fastening strap and buckle. The upper and lower edges have been pierced with large rivet holes at front and rear that were used to rivet the couter to an upper and a lower cannon. The couter has been very badly dented and broken through around the point of the elbow, and also in several places along its edges. Painted black.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 144 mm (5.7 in.); width 157 mm (6.2 in.); depth 133 mm (6.0 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Notes

With III.3540.