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Armour (protective wear): HEN.M.17A-G-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown




Armour consisting of a close helmet, a collar, a breastplate, a near-pair of long tassets extending to the knees, a pair of pauldrons and vambraces, and a pair of gauntlets. For use by a cuirassier, composed of elements of a similar period and fashion.


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 Century-17th Century#
Circa 1580 CE - 1630 CE


Mainly Dutch; the helmet partly Flemish and Italian; the collar partly Italian or Flemish; the lower cannon of the right vambrace partly Italian; the gauntlets possibly German.

The armour is bright with a variable light to medium patination overall. It has suffered some dents, buckles and cracks.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.17A-G-1933
Primary reference Number: 17987
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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