Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1830

Object Number

III.3908

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Bay 3 (1991)

Physical Description

It has a deep cut-out at the neck, shallow arm-openings and a medial keel terminating in a triangular facet just above the waist, which has a flange that deepens to a point at its centre. The neck, arm-openings and waist-flange originally had plain, inward-turns, accompanied by numerous pairs of small holes for stitching on a missing leather edging for the attachment of a lining. The inner parts of the turns have subsequently been cut away to leave hollowed edges. The edges are bordered by twenty eight brass rivets of large round-headed form. The rivets are fitted with large roughly cut cicular internal washers, except those at the waist-flange which are missing, retaining fragments of a fabric lining band. At either side of the chest is riveted an mushroom-shaped brass stud, to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate. A fairly large wiring-hole has been crudely pierced at the inner corner of each shoulder, and at the upper end of each side. The right arm-opening is cracked at its edges, and the left arm-opening, twice. Painted silver.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 430 mm (16.9 in), Width: 335 mm (13.2 in) Weight: 1.95 kg ( 4 lb 4.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.

Associations

Places England