Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1640

Object Number

III.2824

Provenance

Bowyer Tower AS 16 (1988). Old Tower stock.

Physical Description

Of deep-waisted form, with raised neck, a medial ridge and a flange at the waist. The edges of the neck and arm openings and lower edge of the waist flange have plain inward turns bordered by single incised line decoration, that at the neck bordered by 7 domed rivets. There is additionally an inscribed line in the form of an inverted V over the chest. The flange has 12 domed rivets along the lower edge, the thirteenth at the far right end now missing and the hole broken out. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for securing the strap from the backplate.
The breastplate has been modified with an extra layer of metal to 'duplex' form. A spring-like copper bracket is secured to the left shoulder by a single flattened rivet. Painted black externally, rough from the hammer internally. The paint is flaking. The right edge of the flange is bent and the far edge missing and broken out.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 39.0 cm ( 15.3 in), Width: 36.3 cm ( 14.3 in), Weight: 3.835 kg ( 8 lb 7.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the right centre of neck with a crowned IR

Associations

Places England