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Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The breastplate is made in one piece with a shallow medial ridge and strong, boxed turns at the neck and arms. Riveted to the right are four lance rest studs. Riveted to the waist flange is a fauld of three lames, embossed with medial ribs. Riveted to either shoulder is a buckle, the one at the right a modern restoration, the one at the left probably original. It is fastened to the backplate by an external hinge at the left side and a turning pin and keyholes slot at the right. The hinge is a replacement, and evidence of rivet holes shows the original was smaller and fitted internally.


Dimensions: Height: 480 mm (18.9 in); width: 358 mm (14.1 in); Weight: 3660 g (8 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at either side of the neck with a crowned W mark.

Bibliographic References

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

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009,


The backplate III.71 is the pair to this. It is possible that the crowned W mark belonged to Jacob 'Copyn' de Watte, who was in Henry VIII's employ from 1511 and in 1516 made for the king 'iiij complete harness for the Kinges Grace of diverse faccones' (Cripps-Day, Fragmenta Armamentaria I.3, pp. 11-12, note 1).