Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1680

Object Number

III.1759

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Long waisted and straight sided with a high neck and flat medial ridge drawn to a blunt point at the waist, which has a flange. The main edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a pierced stud and swivel hook for the shoulder straps. There is a proof mark at the right. Formerly painted black, by 2002 the paint had been removed revealing the black from the hammer finish..

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 505 mm, width 365 mm Weight: 8850 g (19 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped crowned HH and crowned IR twice at the neck.

Associations

Places England

Notes

One of the group of plain, late 17th century harquebus breastplates of the same type as the armour by Richard Holden for james II, II.123. The proof mark on this and another crowned HH piece, III.1756, are flattened, as if they were proofed then hammered flat from the inside.