Object Title

Right pauldron and vambrace

Right pauldron and vambrace



Object Number

II.360 F


Purchased from H Ricketts, London, February 1984, with the aid of a public appeal and assistance from the National Art Collections Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Sir Emmanuel Kaye. Formerly in the collection of Lord Astor of Hever Castle, purchased from the London dealer R Partridge in 1907, sold Sotheby's 5 May 1983 lot 47.

Physical Description

The pauldrons are large and symmetrical, and composed of four lames with a sharp medial keel. The are articulated on rivets at the rear, and internal leathers at the middle and front. They are attached to the collar by straps, which pass through square medial holes and are engaged by buckle spikes on the outer side. The upper cannons of the vambraces are tubular, and are articulated to the pauldrons by a turner and four lames, which are articulated on three internal leathers. The upper lame of the upper canon of the left vambrace is a restoration. The bracelet couters have lateral medial ridges and large wings with medial puckers. Their edges are outwardly turned and file roped. The tulip shaped lower canons are formed of two plates, articulated by two simple hinges on the outside and fastened on the inside by a strap and buckle near the wrist. The cuff edge is inwardly turned and file roped. The pauldrons are bordered by replacement picadills which are attached by lining rivets.

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.


OverallDepth305 mm
OverallHeight660 mm
OverallWeight3.402 kg
OverallWidth240 mm

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