Object Title

Culet lame

Culet lame



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The lame is shaped to the body and widens at its centre. It is embossed with four shallow flutes, flaring downwards at the centre. At either side are two shallow flutes, curving gracefully from the lower part of the central flutes to the sides. The upper edge has a cusp near either side, pierced with a rivet hole for articulation on the upper lames, and has five dentated cusps at the central fluting. The side edges are straight, and the lower edge curves down to a blunt, medial point. At the centre, above the mid-point, there are two horizontal rivet holes, one with its original domed rivet, for the attachment of the lower end of an articulating leather. The rivet at the left cusp is missing.


OverallHeight163 mm
OverallWeight0.482 kg
OverallWidth390 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the left side with he Rotunda mark, MA 2319


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 140 no.2319

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 16.249

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 5.7


Comparable pieces are readily found. One of those most like that under examination is the culet of the Innsbruck armour for the young Philip I ('the Handsome') by Hans Prunner, 1488/9, in the Hofjagd- und R³stkammer, Vienna, no. A.9 which has similar fluting (Thomas & Gamber 1976: 125-6, figs 50-1). See also the drawing Standing Foot Soldier cited under Royal Armouries iii.1092, and the comments with iii.1100.