Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1650

Object Number

III.3848

Provenance

Tower arsenal, sent on loan 184 to South Africa in 1920 and returned to the Armouries on 15/7/1991.

Physical Description

With a raised neck-opening, medial keel and waist which dips to a 'V'-shaped point and has a flange at the waist. The edges at the neck-opening and arm-openings have a plain inward turn. At either side of the chest near the arm is a small mushroom-headed stud for the attachment of shoulder strap. At each side below the arm is a downward pointing hook of flattened section and with outwardly turned lower end, for retention of the waist strap. The hook is stepped at its upper end to form an ovoid plate secured to the breastplate with a large flattened rivet.


On the middle of the left side is a proof test mark.


Externally at the centre of the medial keel the patination has worn away to reveal bright steel. There are patches of rust internally.
It is externally patinated.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Max. Height: 33.8cm (13.3in), Max. Width: 35.4cm (13.95in) Weight: 3.68kg (8lb 1.75oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped combined TR for the maker. On the inside left edge below the arm is painted is white paint L65/878, repeated in red paint inside above the waist flange to the left of the keel.

Associations

Places England