Object Title

Upper backplate

Upper backplate



Object Number



Transfered from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1927. From Rhodes, acquired by Sir J Lefroy 1867.

Physical Description

The plate is slightly shaped to the spine, with a shallow neck and arm openings and narrow shoulders. The lower edge rises to a medial point level with the base of the arms. The arm edges are each bordered by a pair of shallow flutes. The lower edge is cusped for the latter. The right shoulder is pierced with two rivet holes for the shoulder strap, but that on the left is broken away. Near the lower edge at either side is a rivet hole for the attachment of the lower lames.


OverallHeight380 mm
OverallWeight0.993 kg
OverallWidth326 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

At the left armpit is stamped the Rotunda number, MA 2309


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 140 no. 2309

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 16.240

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 9.5


This backplate is of the more unusual type, without the V-shaped neck and extra neck plate. Others include Higgins no. 2580, a cut-down field back mounted on a stechzeug (S V Grancsay, Catalogue of Armour, the John Woodman Higgins Armoury, Worcester, Mass. 1961, pp.56-9).