Object Title

Left poleyn

Left poleyn



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The pair was 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. The lower inside corner has been broken and repaired.


Dimensions: Length: 185mm; width: 135mm; depth: 100mm Weight: 11 oz

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 with the same leg defences in the Thun'sche Skizzenbuch, (f. 37v). Valued with III.849