Object Title

Vambrace

Vambrace

Date

1430-1440

Object Number

III.4800

Provenance

Purchased at auction from Hermann Historica, Munich, 14 October 2012 - Klingbeil Collection Part II, lot 46. Said to have been found in the roof of a cottage near Madrid in the 19th century; Sir Edward Barry, Bt., Ockwells Manor, Bray; Sidney H. Barrett, Ockwells Manor and Claverdon Hall, Warwickshire, Sotheby's 5 July 1965, lot 62 (as part of a composite armour); Christie's, 10th February 1971, lot 61 (mounted as previously); R.T. Gwynn, Christie's, London, Fine Antique Arms and Armour and Books from R.T. Gwynn Collection, 24 April 2001, lot 67; Karsten Klingbeil collection, Berlin.

Physical Description

For the left arm, comprising an open upper-cannon with turned top and bottom edges and two indistinct maker's marks each involving a split cross. The upper cannon is articulated by two plates to a bluntly-pointed couter, with oval wing with V-shaped central recess, articulated by two plates to a tubular lower cannon, hinged on the inner side, buckled on the outer, and turning on sliding rivets, the upper edge of the inside plate formed with a standing outwardly-turned flange at the elbow joint, a similar turn at the wrist and fitted with later leather straps and tabs for points.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

Dimensions: length 435 mm Weight: 1295 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the upper cannon with two split crosses with indistinct letters below.

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Laking, G.F.,'Mr. Edward Barry's collection of Arms and Armour at Ockwells Manor, Bray', The Connoisseur, February 190 5: 72-3 (mounted on armour, bottom left illustration).

Notes

Also see O. Gamber, 'Harnischstudien: VI', Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien, vol. 51, Vienna, 1955, fig. 95.