Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1570

Object Number

III.2089 A

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 9 (1986).

Physical Description

It is of deep bellied form, with a medial keel which continues over the waist lame. The neck opening is broad and the arm openings deep, with gussets attached by rivets in scallops at the top and bottom. The neck and gusset edges have pronounced inward turns, with em bossed roping which is symmetrical about the centre of the neck. The neck edge has a sunken border, expanding to a cusp at the centre flanked by volutes. Each gusset is pierced at the shoulder with a rivet hole for the attachment of a shoulder strap. The waist lame overlaps the breastplate, and is articulated to it by a rivet in a scallop at either side. The associated lower fauld lame has an arch with an inwardly turned edge and a sunken border containing two lining rivets of an original three, at either side with three pairs of rivet holes for the attachment of straps for the tassets; the bases of four replacement straps survive. It has one lining rivet at either side and four across the lower edge. The subsidiary edges of all but the lower fauld lame are bordered by single incised lines. All the surfaces are painted with aluminium. There is a large lead plug at the upper left of the lower fauld lame and some damage to the centre of the waist lame.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 447 mm (17.6 in.), width 343 mm (13.4 in.) Weight: 5 lb 10 oz( 5 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Chalked on the outside 105, with a card tag inscribed with the same.

Associations

Places Italy

Notes

Found associated with this breastplate is the fauld lame III.2089 B now removered.