Object Title

Siege breastplate

Siege breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 13 1988.

Physical Description

It is of peascod form, with a low neck, medial ridge and flange dipping down sharply to the centre. It is of duplex construction, made of at least two (probably three) layers of metal. The layers are joined at the waist by two rivets at either side. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns. At each shoulder are two large rivet holes, those at the edge broken through and mangled, presumably for straps. It is decorated with double incised lines running down the centre, and from either arm to the sides of the peascod, joining single incised lines bordering the main edge. Further incised lines at the shoulders run out at the arms, suggesting that the shape of the outer plate has been modified. The exterior is russet from the hammer. There is a large crack at the centre of the flange. Microhardness mean outer 220 Hv, inner 218 Hv.


Dimensions: height 435 mm, width 330 mm Weight: 5787 g

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Flanders