Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1638

Object Number

II.92 C

Provenance

Probably transferred from Greenwich, 1649.

Physical Description

For a boy aged eight to ten. The surface of the pieces is entirely silvered over where they were originally gilt with faint traces of gilding being preserved. The breatsplate is divided into panels by means of embossed ridges. The panels are filled with trophies of armour, weapons and banners, the design being engraved and partially punched. The bands between having a pattern of scrolling foliage carried out in the same manner.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Notes

The inside of the breastplate shows distinct lines of the laying out of the decoration for a larger breastplate, clearly left unfinished and later used for the basis of the present piece. The decoration of the first breastplate was intended to consist of bands with thistles in between pointing to Prince Henry as a possible owner. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign