Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1520

Object Number

II.6 M

Provenance

Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

Breast and back-plates of simple form, the former with slight central ridge. Both plates have two articulated lames at the waist the lower of which supports the faces plates at the front end and the culet at the back.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height as mounted 1875 mm, waist 960 mm, chest 1130 mm, shoulders 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)

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

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.114-188

Notes

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.