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Collar: HEN.M.10B-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown




'Almain' collar, for use by the harquebusier, lacking its integral spaudlers. Formed of a single plate front and rear. The medially-ridged front plate slopes in slightly to a low, rounded cusp at each side, and then more sharply beneath them to a central point. The lower edge of the rear plate has a slightly convex lower edge which is pierced with a pair of lace-holes at its centre. Both plates contribute to an upward-flanged neck-opening which has a plain inward turn at its neck. The front and rear plates are connected to one another at the left shoulder by a modern round-headed rivet with an octagonal internal washer, and are fastened to one another at the right shoulder by means of a modern mushroom-shaped stud riveted to the rear plate engaging a keyhole slot pierced in the front plate. The stud is fitted with a square internal washer. The collar was originally equipped with integral spaudlers connected by three internal leathers at each side: two in the rear plate and one in the front plate, attached by a single externally-flush rivet in each case. The front right rivet projects internally as a flat-headed stud onto which the end of the leather could be buttoned. The front left and both of the rear rivets retain fragments of their leathers. The central rivets have been replaced by ones with round heads and square internal washers that secure modern buff-leather straps for the attachment of later-associated pauldrons. Part of the composite half armour HEN.M.10A-G-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: 29.6 cm
Height: 11.9 cm
Weight: 0.92 kg
Width: 33.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Production date: circa AD 1620


The collar is bright with medium to heavy patination and pitting overall. It appears originally to have had a `black from the hammer' finish.

Components of the work

Leathers composed of leather ( fragments)
Straps composed of leather ( modern)
Front Plate

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Formed of a single plate front and rear, the front is medially-ridged; hammered, shaped, riveted, with incised and file-roped decoration

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: much worn, it is struck inside of the centre of the rear plate with eleven triangular dots

  • Text: 3
  • Location: Front plate, near the neck-opening, right of centre
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.10B-1933
Primary reference Number: 17789
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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