Object Title

Portions of an armour

Portions of an armour



Object Number



Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (William Randolph Hearst Collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, the National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant. one of 52 items purchased together. From the Armoury, Vienna. The gorget was acquired by exchange with the Waffensammlung, Vienna, for the manifer (III.1264) in 1975

Physical Description

Consisting of Helmet, breastplate and armpieces. Decorated with etched and gilt strapwork on a ground of small arabesque scrolls.


Weight: Helmet: kg ( 9 lb 1 oz) Breastplate kg ( 7 lb 0 oz) Right arm kg ( 5 lb 2 oz) Left arm kg ( 5 lb 6 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XXIX, CXXXII.


Annotated in the inventory entry 'October 1986-the visor is associated from a plain close helmet. Compare the close helmet of Metropolitan Museum, 29.155.2, the Sake Weimar armour. The targe of II.172 is still in the Waffensammlung, Vienna,