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Half armour: HEN.M.1A-E-1933

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Current Location: In storage

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Production: Unknown

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Description

Half armour consisting of a burgonet, an 'Almain' collar, a cuirass, a pair of short tassets, and two pauldrons and vambraces, nearly forming a pair.

Notes

History note: From the armoury of the Princes Radziwill, Castle of Niescwiez, Poland. To save the armoury from the Bolshevist uprising, the Lithuanian family of Radziwill moved it to their town house in Warsaw. According to the London dealers Fenton and Furnage, the collection was acquired by the Austrian dealers Pollak and Windonitz just before the First World War. Some pieces were sold in Germany, but most were offered for sale at Christie's, London, on 29 June 1926 and 14 June 1927 as the armoury of a 'Russian Prince'. Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart

Dating

Mid-16th Century
Circa 1550 CE - 1610 CE

Note

Most of the armour originally had a 'black from the hammer' finish, now cleaned to a mottled bright finish with medium to heavy pitting overall.

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Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammering
Forming

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.1A-E-1933
Primary reference Number: 17703
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 June 2021 Last processed: Saturday 26 June 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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