Object Title

Backplate

Backplate

Date

1575

Object Number

II.83 K

Provenance

Old Tower collection. Probably transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

Of field weight, shaped to the shoulders with a flat upper edge and narrow flange at the waist to which is attached by sliding rivets a scalloped waist lame. The main edges have plain inward turns wit recessed borders. At either shoulder is riveted a hinged shoulder strap of steel, fitted with a gilt pierced stud at the centre for the pauldrons, three holes at the end for the stud on the breastplate, and a hole just above these for the pin cord. At either side edge is a pierced stud for the hasp on the breastplate, and, above this, a pierced stud for the plackart. It is decorated with recessed bands and transverse scalloped bands, all retaining most of their original gilding. The edges of the shoulder straps are also gilt. The centre and right of the flange have riveted repairs, and the right shoulder strap is cracked through near the upper hole.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 405 mm, width 415 mm Weight: 4120

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted inside Windsor 1914.

Bibliographic References

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Armour made in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich, H.M. Tower of London, 22 May-29 September, 1951.A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968.

Notes

Valued with armour