Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1550

Object Number

III.1909

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 8 (1985).

Physical Description

Of deep belied form with a medial keel. It has a single lower breastplate lame, which is shaped to fit and overlaps the base of the breastplate. This lame has a narrow flange. The neck opening is broad and shallow with a bold inward turn, which has symmetrical embossed roping. The neck opening also has a sunken border, which expands to a central point towards the keel. The shoulders are narrow and the arm holes are deep. These are bordered by single incised lines, and originally had gussets attached by two rivets. The lame is held by two brass dome headed rivets, one at either side, and is cusped above each rivet and at the centre. The central cusp has a small cusp at each side and is slightly flanged. The upper edge is bordered by a single incised line and there is a small incised triangle at the centre. At either side of the neck is a single hole for the attachment of buckles for the shoulder straps. There is a single hole at the left centre of the waist lame just above the flange. The outside is bright and the inside is painted black. The black paint was removed by the Royal Armouries Conservation workshop in January 1991.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 534 mm (23.2 in.), width 330 cm (13in.) Weight: 5 lb

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Italy