Object Title

Shoulder strap

Shoulder strap



Object Number



Tower arsenal, accessioned from Lanthorn Tower, Room 3, 1989. From a cuirass captured from the French at the siege of La Rochelle in 1627 under Marshal Toiras.

Physical Description

It comprises only one scale of rectangular form and a terminal plate pierced with a keyhole slot, both attached by four rivets with square internal washers to a buff leather strap. The terminal plate is stepped below its lower pair of rivets to accommodate the base of the leather strap. It narrows down to a rough point at which there is a rivet retaining, on the outside, fragments of a prehensible leather tab by means of which the keyhole slot was fitted over a stud on the breastplate. Each of the edges of the shoulder strap is bordered by a double incised line decoration. Two or more scales are missing from its upper edge, including that for the attachment to the backplate.


Dimensions: Length 174 mm (6.8 in.), maximum width 54 mm (2.1 in.) Weight: 120 g (4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places France