Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1510

Object Number

III.1404

Provenance

Anon. Sale (Christies) 5 June 1934, lot 167. From the collection of Dr Richard Williams, 1974.

Physical Description

The breastplate is of rounded form with medial ridge and bold angular outward turns at the neck and arms. The lower edge has been flanged outwards to receive a fauld.. The lames of the fauld are connected to each other and to the breastplate at their outer ends by round-headed rivets. There are in addition a number of holes and three rivets on the lowest lame for the attachment of further lames, now missing. The breastplate and fauld are bright with some light pitting.

Materials

Dimensions

BreastplateDepth160 mm
BreastplateHeight480 mm
BreastplateWeight2940 g
BreastplateWidth338 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible

Associations

Places Spain
Italy

Notes

The one piece breastplate had begun to replace the two-part 'Gothic' breastplate at the end of the 15th century. The boxed outward turns and lack of gussets are characteristic features of Italian, Flemish and Spanish armours of the period, making identification problematic.Although comparatively rare, a number of breastplates of this style, such as Royal Armouries III.1088, are stamped with the Spanish 'crow's-foot' armourer's mark associated with Calatayud.