Object Title

BREASTPLATE

BREASTPLATE

Date

about 1830

Object Number

III.3838

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Bay 2 (1991)

Physical Description

It has a shallow cut-out at the neck, shallow arm-openings and a medial keel terminating in a triangular facet just above the waist, which has a flange that deepens to a point at its centre. The neck, arm-openings and waist-flange have plain, inward-turns, accompanied by numerous pairs of small holes for stitching on a missing leather edging for the attachment of a lining. A decorative gilt-brass edging has subsequently been soldered in place of the leather edging. The edges were originally bordered by twenty eight large brass rivets of which the two at each shoulder are of flat-headed form, and the remainder are of high round-headed form. The rivets are fitted with large roughly cut cicular washers, retaining fragments of a leather lining. At either side of the chest is riveted an asymmetrical mushroom-shaped brass stud, to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate. Bright.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 45.0 cm ( 17.7 in), Width: 35.1 cm ( 13.8 in) Weight: 3.24 kg ( 7 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck on the brass at the centre of the waist-flange with the number '534'.

Associations

Places England