Object Title

Backplate and culet

Backplate and culet


about 1630-60

Object Number



Bowyer Tower AS 5 (1984)

Physical Description

The backplate is slightly rounded, with a slightly raised neck and a flange at the waist. The neck, arm and waist edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder are three pairs of rivet holes for the shoulder strap.

The culet is made of four lames. The lower three made in two parts, riveted at the centre. The main edges are inwardly turned. The right half of the third lame is decorated with a lateral incised triple line with hatching between incised quadruple lines with hatching in the centre. The rivet heads show traces of gilding. Bright.


Dimensions: Height: 41.6 cm ( 16.4 in), Width: 31.8 cm ( 12.5 in), Culet Width: 46.6 cm (18.3 in) Weight: 2.32 kg ( 5 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The backplate is stamped at the neck SK for the maker. Sylvester Keene of London.


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