Object Title

Half shaffron

Half shaffron



Object Number



Presented by F H Cripps-Day, 1942

Physical Description

The overall shape is that of a lozenge truncated at top and bottom. At the centre, from the middle downwards, runs a prominent medial ridge. The edges of the eye openings are flanged outwards, and the ear defences are separated defences attached by rivets. The main edges have roped inward turns with recessed borders, and recessed bands extend diagonally from the top centre to each eye opening, and on to the bottom. The bands and borders are decorated with a punched and incised design of strapwork and foliage with masks and grotesques. There is an original bolt at the centre for the attachment of a missing escutcheon or plume holder, and at the top is a pair of holes probably for points to tie back a plume. All the lining rivets appear to be original. The exterior is bright, and the decoration very badly rubbed.


Dimensions: Height; 365 mm; width: 260 mm Weight: 775 g

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Netherlands


Compare the decoration on the probably English series of punched and incised pieces, gorgets III.2273, III.1420, tassets III.1848, and the Dutch decoration of the armour of Charles II, II.90, with shaffron no. VI.59, the closely comparable armour Paris G 197, a shaffron in the Metropolitan Museum 04.3.109 from the de Cosson and Dino collection, more distantly Windsor 84, the shaffron of the 'Prince Rupert' armour no 810 of Charles I, and the ornament of the Carlisle armour II.295. Also see the portrait of Thomas St Aubyn for the same type of decoration. IBE claimed this was from Norton Hall, but the Norton Hall lists only record 2 shaffrons and a pair of spurs (VI.344-6) from there. This must be a typing error, as Cripps-Day material precedes and follows it, and was acquired at the same time. Additions to the Armouries after 1916 says the provenance is Cripps- Day.