Object Title

Couter

Couter

Date

1565-1575

Object Number

III.3809

Provenance

Bowyer Tower AS 55 (1991) Where is was found associated with pauldron and upper cannon II.8308 and lower cannon III.8310.

Physical Description

For the left or right elbow. Made in one piece and closed at the rear by an inward ovrelapping joint secured by three externally flush rivets. It is shaped to the elbow and expands into a heart-shaped wing at the front and has a pucker where itcurves round the inside of the arm. The edges have file roped inward turns accompanied on the wing by a recessed border. From the point of the elbow to the pucker is a transverse roped ridge bordered above and below by a 'V'-shaped groove The transverse ridge is bordered above and below by a line of incised cable decoration each within a double incised line decorated border. The recessed border has etched running foliage on a pearled ground and has an inner border of a wide double incised line. Bright.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 130 mm (5.1 in), Width: 205 mm (8.1 in) Weight: .350 kg ( 0 lb 12.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Watts,K 1998 The armour of the Knights of St John, Malta. Royal Armouries Yearbook 3

Notes

belonging to an armour known as the Other Growing Leaf Armour. Other parts are: breastplate (Malta PA326/a), backplate (Malta 1440), fauld lame (Malta PA328), right lower cannon (Malta 1548), lowest lame of right tasset (III.716), upper part of left tasset (III.3524), right pauldron (III.3698), left pauldron (Malta 176), right or left couter (II.38f)