Object Title

Lower cannon of a vambrace

Lower cannon of a vambrace

Date

1545-1555

Object Number

III.3859

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920 and returned to Armouries on 15/7/91

Physical Description

For the right arm. Of tubular form, tapering slightly to the wrist. It is formed of an unmatched front and rear plate, joined at the rear by a pair of external hinges and fastened at the front by a sprung stud. The lower edge has a chisel-roped, slightly flattened, inward turn accompanied on the rear plate only by a recessed border. The upper edge of the front plate and upper front edge of the back plate, where each is cut away, is concave to accomodate the inside of the elbow, and has a chisel-roped inward turn accompanied on the rear plate only by a recessed border. The upper edge of the rear plate has three internal mushroom-headed studs for the attachment of the leathers of the couter, two having proud nodules and the third, with a smooth face, placed in the recessed border of the cutout. The central stud is loose. The upper edge is also crudely pierced with two wiring holes, with a further hole at the lower edge of the front plate.
The upper hinge on the backplate is loose.
It is externally patinated and the front plate has some corrosion.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. Height: 23.8cm (9.4in), Max. Width: 12.6cm (4.95in) Weight: 440g (15.25oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the upper end of the inside of the rear plate is painted in yellow paint: L65/900B At the upper end of the outside of the rear plate is painted in faded (?) yellow paint: 3742 with below in yellow: B

Associations

Notes

The front and rear plates do not match. The front plate appears to be Italian, the rear Italian or Flemish. Sent on loan as a pair with III.3859