Object Title




about 1620

Object Number



Anon. sale (Sothebys) 13/12/1941, lot 95. From the collection of Dr. Richard Williams, 1974.

Physical Description

It consists of two parts with a well-developed neck flange turned and file roped at the edge. The front plate terminates in a blunt point with a cusp at each side; the back being slightly rounded and also cusped. The outer edges are raised and flanged, and punched with a pattern of dots and flowers built up with a small ring punch. The main decoration consists of engraved radiating bands with narrow cabled borders against which are punched a repeat pattern of small rings resembling lace. The whole was originally gilt. Some original lining strap of webbing survives, held by the small brass rivets at the borders.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places France


A similar gorget, probably from the same workshop forms part of an armour made for Louis XIII in the Musee de l'Armee, Paris. No. G.124.