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Pauldron: HEN.M.20F-1933

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Pauldron, for the right shoulder, for field use, composed of elements of a similar period and fashion. Formed of eight medially-ridged lames that overlap outwards from the third which is shaped to the point of the shoulder. The first to third lames extend inwards over the chest in a strongly concave curve. The first to third lames also extend inwards over the back. The third lame is expanded downwards to the level of the bottom of the fourth lame at the rear. The expanded portion has a strongly rounded lower corner and is flanged at its outer edge where it overlaps the lames beneath it. The lames are connected to one another by modern brass-capped, round-headed sliding-rivets with internal washers at their rear ends, and by modern internal leathers at their front ends and centres. A further leather at one time connected the first to fourth lames to one another a short distance behind the central leather, but is now only preserved between the second and third lames. The first lame is pierced with a large hole at its apex to permit its suspension from a hinged stud issuing from the side of the collar. A modern strap and a modern double-ended, tongued iron buckle to fasten the pauldron around the upper arm are respectively riveted within the rear and front ends of the eighth lame. The main edges of the pauldron have file-roped inward turns, except at the fronts of the second to eighth lames and the rears of the fourth to eighth lames where they have plain partial inward turns. Part of the composite armour HEN.M.20A-H-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: 20.0 cm
Height: 38.5 cm
Weight: 1.25 kg
Width: 25.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Circa 1570 CE - 1600 CE


As the turn at the upper edge of the pauldron is of an earlier character than that occurring at the lower edge of the pauldron, it would appear that the pauldron is composite. Discontinuities in the alignment of the medial ridges between the third and fourth lames, discontinuities in the alignment of the leathering-rivets between the second and third lames, and discontinuities in the character of the partial turns occurring between the sixth and seventh lames suggest that the pauldron is highly composite and that its edges have in part been reworked.

South German

The pauldron is bright with a mottled light to medium patination overall.

Components of the work

Rivet Caps composed of brass (alloy) ( modern)
Internal Leathers composed of leather ( modern)
Buckle composed of iron (metal)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammering : Formed of eight medially-ridged lames that overlap outwards from the third which is shaped to the point of the shoulder; hammered, shaped, riveted, with file-roped decoration

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: tag with number

  • Text: PB/35a
  • Location: Left tasset
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.20F-1933
Primary reference Number: 18057
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Audit data

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

Associated departments & institutions

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

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