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Cuirass: HEN.M.19C-1933

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Description

Cuirass, for use by an harqubusier. Comprising a breastplate and a backplate. The breastplate is made in one piece with an upward-flanged neck-opening and a narrow flange at the waist. Riveted at each arm-opening is a pierced stud and, to the inside of it, a swivel-hook that together serve to engage and secure the shoulder-straps of the backplate. The positions of the studs and the swivel-hooks have been interchanged. Secured at each side of the waist by a pair of rivets is a long hasp pierced with three holes to accommodate the studs riveted at each side of the backplate. Riveted at each side of the waist-flange is a hinged hasp fitted with a bolt and square nut for the attachment of tassets. The hasps are incorrect modern additions.
The backplate is made in one piece with an upward-flanged neck-opening and a narrow flange at the waist. Attached by a pair of round-headed rivets at each shoulder is a scaled shoulder strap, with a long, elaborately-shaped terminal pierced with three oval holes to accommodate the pierced studs riveted at each side of the breastplate. The shoulder- scales were originally continuous, with no gaps between them, producing heart-shaped piercings at their junctions. Riveted at each side of the waist is a modern pierced stud and swivel-hook that together served to engage and secure the hasps riveted at each side of the breastplate. The waist-flange is fitted with a pierced circular stud at its right end, and a turning-pin with a flat semi-circular head at its left end to attach a skirt. The stud and the turning-pin are incorrect modern additions.
The main edges of the cuirass have plain inward turns. Part of the composite three-quarter armour HEN.M.19A-G-1933.

Notes

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

Dating

Late 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1680

Note

The cuirass is bright with a light patination on the breastplate, and a patch of light to heavy patination on the backplate.

Components of the work

Backplate Depth 15.0 cm Height 46.0 cm Weight 4.01 kg Width 34.5 cm
Breastplate Depth 17.0 cm Height 47.7 cm Weight 4.67 kg Width 34.0 cm
Parts

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammering : The breastplate is made inone piece with an upward-flanged neck-opening and a narrow flange at the waist, the backplate is made in one piece with an upward-flanged neck-opening and a narrow flange at the waist; hammered, shaped, riveted
Patinating
Forming

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.19C-1933
Primary reference Number: 18030
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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