Object Title

Right greave

Right greave

Date

1515-1520

Object Number

III.823 B

Provenance

Old Tower Collection, formerly in the armoury of St Irene, Istanbul.

Physical Description

Formed of two plates shaped to the calf and extending to the sole of the foot. The plates are articulated by hinges on the outside and by sprung studs on the inside. The upper edge is angled down steeply to the inside. The front plate has a pair of rivet holes for a stud and turning-pin for attachment to an associated cuisse (II.823 A) to which it was formerly rivited solid. At the upper rear is a pair of rivet holes for a staple. Etched and gilded (in the etching) with broad vertical bands involving columns, trophies, human figures and the arms of Galeas de St. Severin (Galeazzo di San Severino), Grand Ecuyer of France from September 1505, until his death at the Battle of Pavia on 24th February 1525. The arms are flanked by the letters G and Z and encircled by the collar of the Order of St. Michael at the front, rear and either side. The subsidiary edges are bordered with narrow bands of etched and gilt scrolling foliage on a hatched ground. The lower edge all of which is formed of restored plates has a roped inward turn. Both plates are extensively damged especially at the bottom where the whole of the bottom section of the rear plate is reinforced with three internal rivited plates and the front plate with two.


Associated with C-Right sabaton, A-Cuisse and poleyn.

Dimensions

GreaveHeight480mm
GreaveWeight960g
GreaveWidth120mm

Inscriptions and Marks

The mark of St Irene at the top.

Associations

Places Italy

Notes

Arms of Galeas de St. Severin (Galeazzo di San Severino), Grand Ecuyer of France from September 1505, until his death at the Battle of Pavia on 24th February 1525. The arms are flanked by the letters G and Z and encircled by the collar of the Order of St. Michael. Coat of arms combining the arms of the Sforza of Milan quatered with Aragon.


Associated with III.734 right pauldron and vambrace, III.735 left pauldron and vambrace, IV.38 helmet and III.834 right cuise and poleyn; all of which are etched with matching decoration.