Object Title

BREASTPLATE

BREASTPLATE

Date

about 1830

Object Number

III.3917

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Bay 3 (1991)

Physical Description

It has a fairly 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 thirty two gilt brass rivets of large round-headed form. Two rivets at each shoulder are small, low round-headed form. The outer rivet at the right shoulder in missing, as is th eone at the centre of the neck, and also one at either side of the neck. Most of the rivets are fitted with large roughly cut cicular internal washers., At either side of the chest is riveted an mushroom-shaped brass stud, to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate. At each shoulder are drilled two later wiring-holes. The outer one at the right shoulder have been drilled through the edge of the metal, where the brass edging is now lost. Heavily patinated.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 49.0 cm ( 19.3 in), Width: 37.6 cm ( 14.9 in) Weight: 3.79 kg ( 8 lb 5.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places England