Object Title

BREASTPLATE

BREASTPLATE

Date

about 1830

Object Number

III.3895

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Bay 3 (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 attaching a missing leather edging for the attachment of a lining. The turns have been subsequently cut away at the arm-openings, all except at their lower ends; and at the waist-flange, all except at the outer ends. The edges were originally bordered by twenty eight brass rivets of large round-headed form, of which the inner one at each shoulder is now missing. Most of the rivets are fitted with large roughly cut cicular washers, retaining substantial fragments of a fabric lining band. At either side of the chest is riveted an mushroom-shaped brass stud, to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate. Both studs are fitted with large, circular internal washers. Later holes of fairly large size are pierced at both the waist-flange and arm-openings, but have in some cases been lost or cut through where the edges are subsequently cut away. Painted silver.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 43.0 cm ( 16.9 in), Width: 35.0 cm ( 13.8 in) Weight: 2.68 kg ( 15 lb 14.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Associations

Places England