Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1640

Object Number

III.2849

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AF 18, 1988.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a wide raised neck, a medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The main edges have plain inward turns over wire, the arms bordered by single incised lines (visible in X-ray). At either side of the chest is a rivet hole for the missing mushroom-headed studs for the shoulder straps. The flange is pierced, badly, with four rather erratic pairs of holes, possibly for the attachment of tassets in a very much later conversion to a pikeman's armour. It is of duplex construction, the layers folded over at the sides and shoulders. The exterior is corroded bright red and it is painted black inside. There are numerous splashes of silver paint inside, and bright patches outside associated with small cracks. Mean microhardness outer 233 Hv, inner 266 Hv.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 386 mm, width 375 mm Weight: 3675 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside is a construction mark, 5 wedges.

Associations

Places Netherlands