Object Title

Left pauldron and vambrace

Left pauldron and vambrace

Date

1620-40

Object Number

II.163 H

Provenance

Purchased at auction, Sotheby's, 9 June 1950 lot 103. From the collections of the Earl of Londesborough, E J Brett and Lord Swaything.

Physical Description

The pauldrons have an unusual contruction. The main plates are extended to pass beneath the arm, the uppermost of the small lames protecting the upper arm being flanged to lock in to this extension. The vambraces have a turning joint. The couters fully encircle the elbow. The lower cannons are closed by studs. Decoration. The upper edges of all the articulated lames are cusped to from three low points. The surface is blued with gilt bands edging all the plates with the addition of three broader vertical bancds on the cuirass and culet and single bands running down the outside of the armpieces and the centre of the tassets. The stell rivets used throughout have gilt heads. All the straps are original and are faced with red velvet.

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate LXVIII.

B Clifford and K Watts, Princely armours and weapons of childhood, Royal Armouries, Leeds 2003: 11