Object Title

Backplate - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour

Backplate - From Henry VIII's Foot Combat Armour



Object Number

II.6 N


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: 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)

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

Bibliographic References

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.