Object Title

Right greave (incomplete)

Right greave (incomplete)



Object Number



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

Physical Description

Shaped to the shin, and extending over the ankle to the sole at either side. The upper edge is straight and plain, and pierced at the outer side for a turning pin, now missing, for attachment to the poleyn. At the inner side is a hole for a stud, mostly corroded away. A low medial ridge extends to the high, arched ankle opening, which is slightly flared. The rear edges are straight. The outer edge is fitted at the bottom with half of a lobed hinge, and there is a rivet hole for the attachment of another at the top. The inner edge has a horizontal pair of holes at top and bottom to engage a pin catch on the rear plate. The lower edges are straight, with a flattened outward turn on the outside only.

At the front of the lower edge, articulated by a rivet at either side, is one narrow arched lame of a sabaton. This is pierced in a slight lobe at the front for articulation to the next lame, on the outside only, the inner terminal having been corroded. The upper edge is pierced with two oblong holes.

The upper edge is corroded, and the upper hinge is missing. The sabaton lame is a poor fit, and may be a contemporary association. Its inner articulating rivet is modern.


Dimensions: height 452 mm, width 106 mm Weight: 510 g

Inscriptions and Marks

On the upper part of the outer face is stamped the Rotunda number MA 2335.


Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1874: 140, MA 2335

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 150, no. 16.286

W J Karcheski Jr and T Richardson, The medieval armour from Rhodes, Leeds, Royal Armouries 2000: no. 10.15


Comparable greaves are found on the figue of St George in a painting by Franceseo Francia in the Cathedral at Ferrara. Very similar to III.1138.