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Left cuisse and poleyn

Left cuisse and poleyn



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Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (W R Hearst collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant, one of 52 items purchased together. From the armoury of Count Trapp, Schloss Churburg.

Physical Description

The cuisse is made of one plate, shaped to the thigh with a medial ridge, and a side plate riveted to the outside edge. The poleyn comprises a main plate, which has an oval wing with a broad medial pucker, a lame above overlapped by the cuisse and another below, and a deep lower plate with a cusped lower edge. The edges of the cuisses have numerous flush rivets for attachment of the straps. The pair is III.1285.


Dimensions: As mounted: Length: 510 mm; width: 180 mm; depth: 185 mm Weight: 3 lb 8 oz

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Places Italy

Bibliographic References

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


Compare Churburg 22, which is of exactly the same form but with hinged side plates. Churburg 53, with integral half greaves, are earlier, about 1410, while the 'cross and bishop' cuisses, Churburg 54, just precede these in form. Valued as a pair