Object Title

Visor

Visor

Date

1501-1530

Object Number

IV.437

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From Rhodes, acquired by Sir J Lefroy 1867.

Physical Description

Of 'sparrow'-beak' form. It is made of one piece, drawn out in a faceted, blunt point, above which is an almost vertical, slightly arched flange which forms the lower edge of the sight. The sides are curved rearwards with a sharp straight angle, and have slightly dished rounded terminals with low, bevelled edges. The upper edge of each terminal is notched for the hinge-pin. At the right terminal, the front portion of the hinge is attached by two rivets; that of the left is lost, two rivet holes showing its location. At the right, just in front of the side of the flange, is a hole for the lost lifting-peg. The lower right of the visor is pierced with a rosette of seven breaths.

Materials

Dimensions

VisorDepth205 mm
VisorHeight102 mm
VisorWeight540 g
VisorWidth220 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

At the right terminal is stamped the Rotunda number, MA 2288

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 139, no. 2288

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 149, no. 16.219

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 1.5

Notes

This visor may be compared with others; two armets in the Sanctuary, both with slightly more curved sight flanges, nos B6 and B14 (Boccia 1982: figs 376-82, 477-91); an armet in the Casa della Contadinanza, Udine, Italy, no. CC165 (Boccia 1982: fig. 164); that associated with an armour from Besanþon Castle in the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich, no. LM4955 (Laking 1920 I: 207, fig. 241a; Schneider 1953: 9, no. 15); and several in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Metallurgy Report: A fairly homogeneous steel, of which one surface shows signs of decarburization, which is more likely to be of diagnostic of construction by lamination than hot-working because of the lack of a concentration gradient. The core of the sheet is 0.6-0.8% C steel.