Object Title

Backplate

Backplate

Date

1485

Object Number

III.1378

Provenance

Formerly XXI.5, old Tower collection.

Physical Description

The backplate is formed of three plates riveted together with cusped seams, and decorated with panels of fluting. Original hand-threaded studs survive at the lower sides and the left shoulder, the right shoulder having a riveted repair. At the centre is a hole for the missing stud to which the helm was fastened, and below that two original flush rivets for the missing lower back plate. This and the breastplate have the same construction mark, three V-shaped nicks in the edges of the plates only visible from the inside. cut-out at upper edge and two vertical flutes on either side.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 355 mm (14.0 in), width 320 mm (12.6 in) Weight: 1570 g (3 lb 7 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Construction mark, 3 V-shaped nicks.

Associations

Notes

Fits and matches in construction mark the Stechzeug breastplate III.96. The right pauldron, along with the vambrace (polder mitten) and breastplate are attributed to Klaus Wagner of Innsbruck, parts of a series of armours made for the Archduke Sigmund about 1485 (attribution by Dr Orwin Gamber, compare Innsbruck 1954: 56, no. 19, from Ambras).