Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1804

Object Number

III.1880

Provenance

Accessioned on loan 154 to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Grand Entrance Hall, Old College, July 1985.

Physical Description

With narrow shoulders, a slight medial keel and a flange at the waist which is drawn down to a shallow point. The arm, side and waist edges are inwardly turned, the neck outwardly flanged; these edges are bordered by large dome headed lining rivets (twenty-eight of them) with circular washers retaining fragments of hessian lining. At either side of the chest, is a mushroom headed stud for the attachment of a shoulder strap. The plate is pierced all the way round for a lining. The turned bottom edge has been trimmed off and has part of the shoulder removing the last two domed rivets on each side.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall height 440 mm (17.4 in.), width 365 mm (14.4 in.) Weight: 7 lb

Inscriptions and Marks

The breastplate is stamped 68 halfway up the left-hand side, adjacent to the turned edge.

Associations

Places France

Notes

The 1807 model is discussed in C Aries, Cuirasses de Cuirassiers, type de 1807, Armes Blanches Militaire Franþaises (1969 fasc 4) Fig 2.