Object Title

Field armour

Field armour

Date

1520

Object Number

II.179

Provenance

Acquired in 1959. From the Collection of the Duke of Westminster. Gauntlets purchased June 1959

Physical Description

The close helmet has a skull with a low, roped comb and an articulated neck guard, a bellows visor with two sights and narrow horizontal breaths. The gorget has two main plates with three lames above, originally of an 'Almain collar' type with the munnions removed. The breastplate is globose with boldly roped inward turns on the edges of the neck and gussets, and a hinged lance rest. There is a fauld f four lames to which tassets of three lames are attached by leathers and sliding rivets. The backplate has a culet of two lames to which an extension of five lames is attached by turning pins. The pauldrons are large, each with a riveted haut piece, the right with a cut-out for the lance, the left with a rectangular slot in front for fastening a reinforce. The vambraces have turners in the upper cannons and bracelet couters. The mitten gauntlets have short cuffs. The cuisses have boldly roped upper edges with extension pates above. The poleyns have large wings with central puckers. The rear plates of the greaves are slotted for spurs. The sabatons are of nine lames, with moderately wide toe caps.

Dimensions

Dimensions: As mounted: height: 1710 mm; width: 820 mm; depth: 470 mm Weight: 50 lb 12 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the visor and chinpiece with the Nuremberg control mark. On the cuff of the right gauntlet is an illegible mark.

Associations

Bibliographic References

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