Object Title

Pikeman's breastplate

Pikeman's breastplate

Date

1640

Object Number

III.4609 A

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

It has a deep, broad neck, broad arm-openings and a medial keel terminating in a vestigal peascod at the waist which has a broad evenly curved flange. The main edges have plain inward turns, those at the flange are bordered by a recessed band. High at either side of the chest is a swivel hook which engages a pierced stud to its outer side for the attachment of the shoulder-straps of the backplate. Four flattened pierced studs are equidistantly placed for the attachment of the hasps of the tassets. The flange has 13 round-headed rivets (of which one is missing) of indeterminate function. There is a patch at the internal center of the flange secured by a pair of externally flush rivets and a pair of round-headed rivets, vertically alligned. There is one hole at either side just below the arm-openings and another hole at the centre of the neck-opening close to the main edge.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height: 35.5 cm (14 in), width: 35.0 cm (13.7 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at the neck crowned IRand below the right arm-opening two vertically alligned sets of seven dots as an assembly mark.This assembly mark can also be found on the pair of tassets (III 4609B & III 4609C)

Associations

Places England