Object Title

Body armour

Body armour

Date

1916

Object Number

III.4344

Provenance

Bowyer Tower, Armour Bay 4 (1992).

Physical Description

It is formed of six plates of silicon-nickel steel, protecting the forepart of the body from the tops of the shoulders to the lower abdomen. The main plate protects and is shaped to the chest. It has rounded lower corners and a large, upward-flanged cut-out at the neck. Attached by three, large, round-headed rivets within each of the upper corners of the main plate is a broad, slightly tapering shoulder-plate which curves down the back and serves to hook the armour over the body. Each of the shoulder-plates has an obtusely pointed proximal end, and a straight distal end with rounded corners. The distal ends are each pierced with a later hole for bolting on a transverse suspension-bar for display purposes. Attached by a single, large, round-headed rivet within each side of the main-plate, a little over half way down it, is a stepped triangular plate with a rounded upper end and a transversely slotted lower end. Formerly looped through each slot and secured to it by stitching, was a webbing strap which served to suspend the three downward-overlapping abdominal plates. These are curved to the body and diminish in size towards the bottom. The first two plates are rectangular in form, while the last is semi-circular. All have rounded corners. Each plate is pierced to either side of its upper edge with a pair of holes for stitching the plate to the webbing straps. Pairs of cowhair felt pads of rectangular form, diminishing in size towards the the bottom, were inserted between each of the plates to reduce noise. They were sewn to the webbing straps just above the upper edges of each of the abdominal plates. Subsequent to manufacture, the webbing straps have been replaced; the plates have been secured to them by means of lacquered copper wire; and the felt pads have been attached on the wrong sides of the plates, beneath the webbing straps.
Bright with heavy pitting.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 640 mm (25.2 in), width: 405 mm (15.9 in), depth: 275 mm (10.8 in) Weight: Kg( lb oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Germany

Bibliographic References

1916-17, and that an improved version was introduced in 1917.