Object Title

Codpiece

Codpiece

Date

1520

Object Number

II.6 S

Provenance

Transferred from Greenwich in 1649.

Physical Description

The large cod piece has five articulated plates which fit beneath the tassets and protect the fork.

Dimensions

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

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

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.