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Armour (protective wear): HEN.M.22A-E-1933

Object information

Awaiting location update


Production: Unknown (Probably)




Armour for a pikeman, decorated with embossed and engraved bands and chevrons. Comprising a pot, a collar, a breastplate, a backplate and a pair of tassets. The main edges of all parts of the armour have plain inward turns. The armour is decorated throughout with multiple bands and borders of 'terraced' form that project inwards at intervals as chevrons. The bands are emphasised by single and pairs of incised lines. The armour is decorated throughout with borders and lines of brass-capped rivets, most of which serve as lining-rivets.


History note: From Brancepeth Castle, Northumberland. Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Production date: AD 1630


England; probably Greenwich

The armour is heavily pitted and patinated overall. It may originally have been either bright or blued. Its backplate is painted black.

Components of the work

Rivet Caps composed of brass (alloy)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.22A-E-1933
Primary reference Number: 18079
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 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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