Object Title

Right leg defence - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour

Right leg defence - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour



Object Number

II.6 H


Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

Left leg defence consisting of Cuisse, Poleyn and Greave. The leg armour has cuishes completely encircling the thighs and joined to the tassets by flanges; poleyns with fluted fan-plates the bend of the knee being protected by articulated splints. The sabatons broaden out to a fluted toeplate some six inches wide and are flanged at the ankle to fasten over the bottom of the greaves, the edges of which have a row of holes for attaching padding to prevent them chafing at the bend of the ankle.


Dimensions: Height as mounted: 1875 mm; waist 960 mm; chest 1130 mm; shoulder 680 mm; neck 520 mm; wrist 250 mm; inside leg (to ground) 870 mm; calf 460 mm; ankle 265 mm; foot length: 290 mm. Weight: 42.68 kg (94 lb)

Bibliographic References

Claude Blair, European Armour, B.T. Batsford Ltd., London, 1958, p.164-5, 216-17 left legharness and sabaton.

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate XII frontal view, XIII back view, LXXXVII helmet.

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Armour made in the Royal Workshops at Greenwich, H.M. Tower of London, 22 May-29 September, 1951. Cat No. I pl. I, XXXII (B)

A.V.B. Norman and G.M. Wilson, Treasures form the Tower of London, [Norwich], 1982, Cat. No. 2

Ian Eaves, 'The Tournament Armours of King Henry VIII of England', Livrust Kammaren, 1993, pp.14-15, fig.13.

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.114-118


One of the earliest surviving products of the Royal Workshops at Greenwich. III.832 plates of cod piece runited with armour June 1955. RC2: Permission to lend required from the sovereign.