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Collar: HEN.M.2B-1933

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Unknown (Production)


'Almain' collar for light field use, decorated with bands in the 'black and white' fashion. Formed as a collar of three upward-overlapping lames front and rear, and integral s of six upward-overlapping lames each. The upper edge of the collar has a plain, inward turn. The lower edge of the collar is straight at the rear, and obtusely-pointed at the front. The lames are connected to one another by three internal leathers front and rear. The front and rear sections of the collar are connected to one another at the left side by an internal hinge, and fastened at the right side by a mushroom-shaped stud and keyhole-slot. The lowest lame of each spaudler has a plain inward turn at its lower edge where it is cut away in a concave curve over the front of the armpit. It is fitted there with a single-ended, tongued iron buckle to receive the strap that was formerly riveted within the rear of the lame. The lames of the spaudlers are connected to one another and to the collar by modern, round-headed sliding-rivets with octagonal internal washers at their rear ends, and by modern internal leathers at their centres and front ends. The upper end of the right front leather is fitted with a mushroom-shaped stud that engages a keyhole-slot in the lowest front lame of the collar. Part of the composite half-armour HEN.M.2A-E-1933


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 28 cm
Height: 36 cm
Weight: 2.11 kg
Width: 56 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1610


The bright bands of the collar and its spaudlers show a mottle medium pitting and patination. The blackened intervening spaces are worn through to a bright surface in parts.

The collar is decorated with raised bright bands and borders against a blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion. The horizontal borders at the lower edges of the collar and the spaudlers bulge upwards between the vertical bands.

Components of the work

Leathers composed of leather Bands And Borders Decoration Front And Rear Part

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Formed as a collar of three upward-overlapping lames front and rear, and integrals of six upward-overlapping lames each, hammered, shaped, hinged, with banded decoration
Patinating Forming

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.2B-1933
Primary reference Number: 17711
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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