Object Title

Left vambrace

Left vambrace

Date

1585

Object Number

II.77 F

Provenance

Probably transferred from the Palace at Greenwich about 1649

Associations

Notes

The armet appears together with the breastplate of the Smythe armour (II.84) in the portrait of Field Marshall George Wade (1673-1748) by Johann Van Dienst (1695-1757) sold Sotheby's, 9 April 2001 lot 1 (see also J G Mann, Sir John Smythe's armour in portraiture, Connoisseur xc, 1932: 88). The armour from which these pieces came was a field armour, most probably part of a small field garniture fitted with extra pieces for lighter field use, typically a burgonet and buffe, reinforcing breastplate, and sometimes long elbow gauntlets, alternative pauldrons and saddle steels. The Jacob Album (Victoria and Albert Museum no. D.585-607.94) includes three almost identical field armours with extra pieces: no. 22, the third armour of Sir Christopher Hatton, no. 23 for Henry Macwilliams (died 1586; parts of his armour were in 'Mr Pickering's Workhouse' at Greenwich in 1611), and no. 24 for 'My Ld Chancelor', either Sir Thomas Bromley (died 1587) or a fourth Hatton armour thought to have been presented to the Earl of Leicester.