Object Title

Right flanchard

Right flanchard

Date

1500

Object Number

XXVIH.33 C

Provenance

Metropolitan Museum, New York. See XXVIH.33 for details.

Physical Description

It is of mail and plate construction, in the form of a long rectangle composed of twelve columns of lames, overlapping downwards. Towards the front is a wide cut out for the saddle, and below that a rectangular, narrower, hole for the stirrups and their leathers. The front and rear edges are bordered with modern leathers, attached by one flush rivet to each lame. Lames are joined to those of neighbouring columns by three rows of mail links, the outer rows formed of riveted links made of round section wire, the overlaps swelling to the inside of the link; and the central row of each set formed of welded links, either formed of lenticular section wire, or of rounded square section, and filed with facets on the outside edges. At the front edge are three buckles for connection to the straps on the peytral, and two loops for cords. At the top edge in front of the saddle opening are three buckles for connection over the neck, and behind the saddle opening are four buckles, for attachment to the crupper-top, together with two cord loops. At the rear edge are three buckles and two cord loops, for attachment to the cruppper. All the buckles and loops are modern, the former based on the one on the shaffron. All the original upper and lower edge lames have been pierced with three holes along their outside edges, for the attachment of a lining or border. In 1935 these were used for the attachment of a piccadil-like border.


The columns of lames were all of 22 lames except for those incorporating the cut out for the saddle, which are of 13. Each of the front three have two supernumary modern lames at the top, bringing their totals to 24. The front column (1) is connected by sets of riveted and welded lames from 3 to the bottom. 3 is the original top lame. 1, 2 and 14 are modern restored lames. 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15 (at either side) 16, 17 (at either side), 18, 21, 22 and 23 have modern internal riveted repairs. Col. 2 is conncted to 3 by sets of riveted and welded lames on 3 and from 5 to near the bottom. 3 is the original top lame. 1, 2 and 4 are modern lames. 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13 and 24 have modern repairs. 4, though modern, is attached by reused original riveted limks. Col. 3 has 7 lames at the top narrowing for the saddle. 3 is the original top lame. It is connected to col. 4 by sets of riveted and welded links at 4 and 8-16, but not at the bottom. Lames 1 and 2 are modern, and 3, 18 and 24 have modern repairs. Col. 4 is of 9 lames at the top and 4 at the bottom. The upper section is connected by riveted and welded sets of five links to col. 5, but the mail at the bottom is a mess. All the lames are original; there is a working life repair on 2, and modern repairs on 6, 9 and 12. Col. 5 is of the same construction, and its mail is in the same state. All the lames are original. There is an old repair on 6, copper rivets on 11 and 13, and a modern repair on 8. Col. 6 is connected by riveted sets all the way down. Lame 4 is modern, and lames 2, 7, 21 and 22 have modern repairs. Col 7 is also connected by original mail all the way down. All the lames are original, and there are modern repairs on 1, 3, 12, 14 and 22. Col. 8 is connected by original mail from lame 6 down. Lame 7 is modern, and there are modern repairs on 1, 9, 15, 16,18, 20 and 22. Col. 9 is also connected by original mail sets from 6 down. Lames 3, 4 and 5 are modern, and there are modern repairs on 7 and 12. Col. 10 is connected from 3 to 21 with riveted sets of links. All the lames are original, 2, 8, 13 and 22 with modern repairs. Col. 11 is connected with original mail sets from 4 to 21. Lame 1 is modern, 2 is an original top lame, and 3, 7, 9 and 18 have modern repairs. On col. 12, lame 1 is modern, and almost all the lames have modern repairs and are rather messy.

Dimensions

Dimensions: width 129 cm (51 in), height 60 cm (24 in) Weight: 4.59 kg (10 lb 2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Notes

See XXVIH.33 for comparanda. valued with A