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Three-quarter armour: HEN.M.6A-G-1933

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)




Three-quarter composite armour consisting of a close helmet, a collar, a breastplate with skirt, a backplate with skirt, a pair of tassets, and pauldrons and vambraces.


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

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th/17th century
Circa 1550 CE - 1630 CE


Differences in workmanship and patination indicate that the finger and thumb-defences of the gauntlets are replaced. The rivets appear to be replaced throughout, suggesting that the lining-gloves and straps, although they have some age, are also replaced.

The gauntlets are bright with a light to medium patination overall. Their surface shows scoring resulting from heavy mechanical cleaning.

Components of the work

Left Depth 14.6 cm Height 37 cm Weight 0.78 kg Width 14.9 cm
Right Depth 16.2 cm Height 40.5 cm Weight 0.72 kg Width 15.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Hammered, shaped, rivetted; each formed of a long, flared cuff, a wrist plate, five metacarpal plates, a knuckle plate, four-scaled finger-defences, and a hinged thumb-defence of four scales

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.6A-G-1933
Primary reference Number: 17735
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 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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