Object Title

Pair of vambraces

Pair of vambraces



Object Number

II.8 N


Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

Comprising upper and lower cannons and couters. There are no splints on the inside of the elbows, and the inner plate of the right lower cannon is detachable, fastened in place with hooks and studs. Otherwise these match the pair mounted with the 1540 armour, which are for foot combat; these are for field, tilt and tourney. Each comprises an upper cannon with 4 lames above, the lower of which has a turner comprising three long slots held by modern rivets. There is one articulating lame above the couter and two below. The inside of the elbow joint is partially protected by two narrow lames above and below. The left lower cannon is hinged on the outside and fastened by a stud and swivel-hook inside, while the right lower cannon has a detachable inner plate fastened in place by two pierced studs and swivel hooks inside and out. This has a small cup defence below the elbow. The couter has only an small integral wing, but has a detachable plate attached by studs and swivel hooks inside and out, and a stud and slot on the outside. Decorated with narrow bands etched and gilt with scrolling foliage on a plain ground which border all plates, the outer edges of the main plates being sunken. The gilding of the narrow borders of the subsidiary edges is perfectly preserved under the cup at the right elbow, revealing that they were originally gilt overall.


Dimensions: length 560 mm Weight: right 2760 g (5 lb 11 oz) left 2520 g (5 lb 4 oz)


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XVIII-XXIII. ( Similar to II.8 )


valued with armour. RC2: Permission to lend required from sovereign