Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1660

Object Number

III.2874

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Accessioned from Bowyer Tower AS 22 (1988).

Physical Description

It is long waisted and of duplex construction, the layers bound at the sides by one rivet on the left and three on the right. It has a raised neck, a medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. The main edges have plain inward turns, bordered by single incised lines. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. A belt-hook is riveted at each side. The exterior is bright but pitted, possibly acid cleaned, and nickel plated (analysis by D Starley May 2004), the interior rough from the hammer. There are pairs of small holes, probably for suspension, at the centre of the flange, shoulders and at the arms, and large square suspension holes at the shoulders. There is a large crack at the right shoulder. Mean microhardness outer 394 Hv, inner 185 Hv.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 470 mm, width 330 mm Weight: 4182 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned CR.

Associations

Places England