Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1650

Object Number

III.2422

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Middle Flint Tower (1987)

Physical Description

It has a raised neck, a medial ridge and a medium flange at the waist. At either arm is a 19th century brass mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns, and all the main edges are bordered with a series of 55 decorative brass rivets, a few with washers. At either side is a belt hook. The exterior is bright. The left end of the neck is damaged.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 435 mm, width 360 mm Weight: 3950 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Struck at he neck with the maker's mark C under a star, the helmeted A used by the Armourers' Company of London during the Commonwealth period, and at the right shoulder with the Cross of St George. Struck inside the left side with a row of five vertical lines.

Associations

Places England

Notes

All the brass rivets and studs appear to be 19th-century; this may be some form of Household Cavalry conversion.