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Breastplate (body armour): HEN.M.2C-1933

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Breastplate for light field use, decorated with bands in the 'black and white' fashion. Formed in one piece, in the late 'peascod' fashion, with a flange at the waist. Its arm and neck-openings have plain, inward turns. Modern, single-ended, tongued iron buckles to receive the shoulder-straps of a backplate are secured by single, flat-headed rivets at each shoulder. Attached at each side of the waist-flange by single, round-headed rivets with octagonal or square internal washers, are three leather straps for the suspension of tassets. Holes pierced to the inside of the inner and outer rivets at each side probably represent former attachment points for the straps. Part of the composite half-armour HEN.M.2A-E-1933

Notes

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: 18 cm
Height: 44 cm
Weight: 2.17 kg
Width: 36.5 cm

Relative size of this object

36.5 cm44 cm18 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1610

Note

The breastplate is decorated with raised bands and borders against a blackened ground in the 'black and white' fashion. The border at the neck is of ogee form. The borders at the arm-openings bulge inwards between the vertical bands.

The bright bands of the breastplate show fairly heavy pitting and patination around the neck-opening and a medium pitting and patination elsewhere. The intervening blackened areas are worn through to bright metal at some points.

Components of the work

Buckles composed of iron (metal) Straps composed of leather Bands And Borders Decoration

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammering : Formed in one piece, in the late 'peascod' fashion, with a flange at the waist; hammered, shaped, with banded decoration
Patinating Forming

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.2C-1933
Primary reference Number: 17712
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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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