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 three scales of an irregular rectangular form and terminal plate pierced with a keyhole slot, each originally attached by four rivets to a buff leather strap of which fragments remain on the terminal plate retained by the lower pair of rivets and on the scale above. A rectangular piece of buff leather is attached to the upper pair of rivets of the terminal plate and the lower pair of the scale above it. Two later pieces of buff leather have been restored in a similar manner connecting all three scales while the upper pair of rivets on the upper scale, which is probably riveted upside down, retain substantial fragments of a fourth. The edges of the scales on the terminal plate are bordered by a double incised line decoration. The terminal plate, which is stepped, narrows to a rough 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 over a stud on the breastplate. One or more scales is missing from its upper edge, including that for the attachment to the backplate.


Dimensions: Length 236 mm (9.3 in.), maximum width 75 mm (2.9 in.) Weight: 180 g (6 1/4 oz)

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Places France