Object Title

Shoulder strap

Shoulder strap



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Probably from a cuirass captured from a French ship at the seige of La Rochelle in 1627 by Marshal Toiras,

Physical Description

It comprises only two scales of rectangular form and terminal plate pierced with a keyhole slot, each attached by four rivets with square internal washers to a leather strap. A rectangular piece of buff leather is attached to the upper pair of the scale above it. A second piece of buff leather has been restored in a similar manner connecting both scales while the upper pair of rivets on the upper scale retain substantial fragments of a third. Each edge is bordered by a double incised line decoration. The terminal plate is stepped to accommodate the base of the leather strap and narrows down to a point at which there is a rivet retaining on the inside fragments of a prehensible leather tab by means of which the keyhole slot was fitted on the breastplate. One or more scales are missing from its upper edge, including that for the attachment to the backplate.


Dimensions: Length 202 mm (7.9 in.), maximum width 60 mm (2.3 in.) Weight: 135 g (4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places France