Object Title

Left cuisse and poleyn

Left cuisse and poleyn



Object Number

II.83 W


Old Tower collection. Probably transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

The cuisse is short, formed of a single gutter-shaped plate. The upper edge has a boxed, plain inward turn and a recessed border. It is connected by two articulating lames to a poleyn shaped to the knee with a heart-shaped wing at the outside. Below this are two articulating lames, the lower one pierced with a hole at the inner and keyhole slot at the outer for attachment of the greave. The lames are articulated by rivets at the outside and by a modern medial leather. At the top is a tab of modern leather for points. It is decorated with recessed bands with three pairs of double incised lines, and transverse bands of recessed scallops, all retaining some or all of their original gilding. Around the knee is a modern leather strap with a gilt modern buckle matching the others on the armour.


Dimensions: Height 255 mm, width 170 mm Weight: 760 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Painted inside 3 lb 4 oz, 11/10.

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.


Valued with armour