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

Physical Description

The breastplate is of rounded, slightly elongated form, with a slight medial ridge extending to the very narrow waist flange. The neck opening is flat and of moderate depth, the arm openings high and deep, all with bold, angular, outward turns, accompanied by broad, shallow, sunken borders. The right shoulder is pierced with a rivet hole for the shoulder strap; that at the left has been trimmed off. The flange is pierced with five rivet holes for the attachment of a fauld articulated on three internal leathers and rivets at either side.

Radiating from a ridge above the waist is a spray of ten shallow flutes, each bordered by a single, incised line on either side.


OverallDepth160 mm
OverallHeight400 mm
OverallWeight3.18 kg
OverallWidth336 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the right armpit is the Rotunda number, MA 2305


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, London, 1874: 140, no. 2305

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 16.236

A R Dufty and W Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXIII

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 4.37


There are a number of comparable breastplates preserved. These include Sanctuary B16 (Boccia 1982: fig. 493); Cleveland Museum of Art no. 16.1566 and Higgins Armory Museum no. 2607, both struck with the crossed keys mark ascribed variously to D Negroli and Giovanni dei Barini (Duval & Karcheski 1984: 18-9, no. 2); St. John's Gate no. 2603 (catalogue number 4.20), Wallace Collection no. A215 (Norman 1986: 77),and that by Niccol¾ da Silva in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 29.150.78 (Pyhrr 1984: fig. 11).