Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1505-1515

Object Number

III.76

Provenance

Possibly Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Of extreme rounded form with articulated gussets. Decorated at the top of the breast with a frieze of St. Sebastine, the Virgin and St.Barbara. In the centre of hte breast is a cross raguly charged with a medallion also badly worn but probably of St. Christopher. The edges of all the plates are etched with coarse foliar scrolls. (Attached are fauld plates III.403.)

Dimensions

Weight: kg ( 6 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the left lower corner of the main plate are stamped the letter G and an indeterminate mark.

Associations

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, p.12. Inv. No. II.38.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, p.176, pl.22, Inv.No. III.173.

Notes

Both Marks on the main plate are also found on III.85.


The gorget III.51 displayed with it possibly belongs.


See also a burgonet in the Wallace Collection (a.89) and a breastplate in the British Museum, 81-8-2-51 on loan to the armouries (AL.116/83).
Boccia and Gello suggest that this is the Montefeltro armoury mark. 'L'arte dell' armatura in Italia' p.237 G=Guidobaldo I da Montefeltro.