Object Title

Backplate

Backplate

Date

1575

Object Number

II.83 L

Provenance

Old Tower collection. Probably transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

Of siege 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 with 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 filled hole just above these for the pin cord. At either side is riveted the split end of a modern leather shoulder strap and buckle, which were designed to relieve the weight of the steel shoulder straps. At either side edge is a pierced stud for the hasp on the breastplate. It is decorated with engraved vertical bands and transverse scalloped bands, all retaining traces of their original gilding.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height 406 mm, width 415 mm Weight: 9250 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks.

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