Object Title

BREASTPLATE

BREASTPLATE

Date

about 1830

Object Number

III.3973

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Bay 4 (1991)

Physical Description

It has a fairly deep 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. Except at the neck and the lower ends of hte arm-openngs, the turns hace subsequently been cut away when a now lost decorative brass border as fited in place of the leather edging. The edges were originally bordered by twenty six large brass rivets of round-headed form. Some of the rivets are fitted with large cicular internal washers. The rivet at the centre of the neck and another towards the lower end of each side is now missing. At either side of the chest is fitted an mushroom-shaped brass stud, to engage the shoulder-straps of the backplate. The studs are retainded by square, internal nuts pierced at the centre of each arm-opening, towards theupper end of eachside, and to either side of the waist-flange. Bright with some pitting in patches.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 23.5 cm ( 17.1 in), Width: 35.5 cm ( 14.0 in) Weight: 3.17 kg ( 6 lb 15.75 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places England