Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1580

Object Number

III.3082

Provenance

Old Tower collection. Returned from loan 10 to Deal Castle, March 1989

Physical Description

It is of peascod form, with a broad neck opening, a medial keel, and one fauld of two lames at the waist. The neck edge has a pronounced, raised, file-roped inward turn, with a broad sunken border expanding into adorsed volutes. The moveable gusset at either arm is missing. The fauld side edges have file-roped partial inward turns, the centre of the lower fauld lame is cut into a low arch, with a file-roped inward turn with a sunken border containing a flush rivet at the right, apparently for a lining band, and two more rivet holes. The subsidiary edges are bordered by single incised lines. Each gusset was attached by a rivet at the top and bottom; the lower right rivet survives. Above the upper one at either side is an original rivet for the attachment of the shoulder strap. The fauld lames are of relatively even width, and articulated by rivets at either side. The upper lame is attached by a pass-capped, round headed rivet at either side. The lower lame has three pairs of rivet holes at either side, for the strap of the tassets, in which one rivet at the left and two at the right survive, the latter with it's brass cap. One of the outer ones at either side also served to articulate. The exterior is patented but bright. At either shoulder is a suspension hole. At either side of the lower fauld lame are two holes for later attachment of tasset straps, and at the left is a row of three similar holes. At the centre of the flange is a riveted repair.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 425 mm (16.7 in.), 358 mm (14.1 in.) Weight: 1.915 kg (4 lb 3 ¢ oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None. Inside is stuck a label, inscribed illegibly.

Associations

Places Italy