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

Physical Description

Of the flaring, hoop-like form associated with Kastenbrusten. The plate is shaped to the waist, with a slightly flaring lower flange. The side edges flare widely, and the upper edge rises in a curve to the centre. At either side of the flange and upper edges are slots for sliding rivets, and similarly positioned at centre, towards the upper edge, are angled pairs of rivet holes for the attachment of internal leathers. At the centre of the flange is a flush rivet for an internal leather to the culet. There are no rivet holes for waist straps. The plate is decorated with eleven narrow, transverse flutes which follow the line of the upper edge and the bottom of the waist.

Metallurgy: This is a wrought iron, the microstructure containing ferrite and slag only.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


OverallHeight160 mm
OverallWeight0.284 kg
OverallWidth285 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

At the upper left is stamped the Rotunda number, MA 2313


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 140 no.2313

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 15.245

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 5.1


A broadly similar waistplate occurs on the Vienna City Museum cuirass no. 127.000-9 made from an associated breast and back with fauld, each about 1450-6 (Mann 1935: pl. xviii; Thomas 1944: 76-7, figs 8-9; Robinson 1957: pl. xxxiii; Historisches Museum Vienna 1986: no. 1/2. Similar waistplates appear on the breastplates worn by two armoured angels in a painting from the Albrechtsaltar at Stift Klosterneuburg, about 1439 (Thomas 1944: fig. 10). A similarly fluted mitten gauntlet, ex collections Bashford Dean and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Gwynn collection, Epsom, England. Compare also a breastplate in the Metropolitan Museum no. 29.150.179 and a pauldron, ex-Zschille collection, in the Royal Armouries, no. iii.1305, of the same period (Robinson 1957: pl. xxxiv, xxxvi).