Object Title

Gorget

Gorget

Date

1600

Object Number

II.360 B

Physical Description

The collar is of two lames, front and rear, the lower lames large and falling to a rouned point at the front; the lower front lame is slightly convex in section. The lames are articulated on six internal leathers; The collar is hinged at the left, where the lower lames are articulated by a sliding rivet, and opens at the right, where the upper lames are fastened by a pin-catch, and the lower by a stud and keyhole slot. The rear lower lame has been repaired with two crude internal riveted plates at the left shoulder and one at the right. At each shoulder is a strap for fastening the pauldrons. The main edges are inwardly turned and file roped, the upper edge more boldly than the lower, which is bordered by a series of rivet holes for the attachment of the original lining picadills.
Each plate of the armour is etched and gilt with an overall design of interlacing eared snakes in vertical bands, joined by diagonally interlacing spindly foliage with occasional flowers, amongst which are perching predatory birds, flying parrots, various insects, including grasshoppers and dragonflies, snails (some winged), long eared squirrels and gambolling hares. The surface, though blackened with rust, appears as bright steel where protected. The borders, which accompany each turned edge, are etched with a simple scrolling foilage frieze on a hatched ground. The comb of the close helmet is etched with a more complex scrolling foliage frieze on a hatched ground. Both border types are all gilt, and are bordered on either side by plain gilt bands.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 160 mm, width 275 mm, depth 255 mm Weight: collar 2 lb 3 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places France