Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1525-1535

Object Number

III.81

Provenance

Recorded in the 1916 Inventory as having been bought at the Bernal Sale in 1855 but not now identifiable in the catalogue.

Physical Description

Stout medial ridge, roped inward turns. A narrow, finely etched frieze at the neck contains patterns of scrolling vines and, at the centre, two lions rampant which may have supported a coat of arms. Narrow bands of similar etching decorate the gussets. Riveted to the inside is a flat paddle-shaped spring and a pivoted catch. This addition, presumably of the nineteenth century, could be used to squirt a jet of water through a hole to the left of the centre line from a bladder compressed when the catch was withdrawn.

Dimensions

Weight: kg ( 5 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Germany