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Said to have been purchased at the Bernal sale in 1855

Physical Description

Of globose form with shallow outward turns at the neck and articulated gussets. the separate waistplate turns outwards to carry the fauld plates, now missing. on the centre of the main plate is a fan-shaped series of thirteen embossed leaves. The right side is pierced twice for lance-rest bolts. A buckle is riveted to the top of each gusset.


Weight: kg ( 4 lb 3 oz)

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Places Germany

Bibliographic References

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


This breastplate was formerly on the armour II.12. The original III.75 described in the 1916 'Inventory' was exchanged for it. The backplate III.407 appears to belong to this breast.

The copy of the Bernal Sale Catalogue in the Armouries Library contains notations of hte Inventory numberes assigned to objects purchased by the Tower. None of the breastplates and backplates purchased by the Tower are noted as being given II.75. However next to Lot 2418 'Breast and backplates of globose form 1480' the inventory number of III.79 or III.74 has been written.