Object Title

Right poleyn

Right poleyn

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The pair was originally in the Reale Armeria (Royal Armoury) of Charles V, in Madrid, but bought at Oxenham's room on 21 July 1842 with a number of other items.

Physical Description

Embossed in the form of a monster's head with a wing-like ear. The skin of the monster is rendered in goldschmelz patterns against a blued ground, now almost brown. Below the main plate are two articulating lames attached by a central internal leather and sliding rivets at the sides. The lower edge has a roped inward turn, with a keyhole slot at the inner end for the turning pin of the geave. The inner corner is broken away.





OverallDepth100 m
OverallLength185 mm
OverallWeight312 g
OverallWidth135 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Germany

Bibliographic References

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

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Spanish Royal Armour, H.M. Tower of London, 9 April-25 September, 1960. Cat No.18.


This poleyn and III.850 are illustrated in the Inventario Illuminado of the Emperor Charles V where they are fitted to cuisses and splint greaves. They are also illustrated in the Thun'sche Skizzenbuch with the same leg defences (f. 37v).