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Codpiece: M.1.4C-1936

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Codpiece, for infantry use. Made from a single piece of metal of sub-cylindrical form that expands slightly to its domed front end and is flanged outwards at its rear end. The front end is decorated with a medially-ridged, vertical recessed band. The upper and lower edges of the flange at the rear are obtusely pointed at their centres. Riveted at the centre of the upper edge is a transversely-pierced stud of rounded rectangular section with an octagonal, internal washer. The stud served to attach the codpiece to the lower edge of the skirt of the breastplate. Part of the composite half armour M.1.4A-E-1936.

Notes

History note: According to information probably supplied by Sir James Mann, and recorded under Acc. No. M.2-1950 in the Department of Medieval, Renaissance & Modern Works accession register, the composite armour of which the present piece forms a part was successively in the collections of [Louis] Bachereau, [S.J.] Whawell, [Sir Edward] Barry and Colville. E.W. Stead's own manuscript catalogue confirms that the armour came from the Barry collection. Mrs E.W. Stead and Mr Gilbert Stead of Dalston Hall, Cumberland.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs E.W. Stead and Mr Gilbert Stead

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.3 cm
Height: 13.8 cm
Weight: 0.27 kg
Width: 11.4 cm

Relative size of this object

11.4 cm13.8 cm9.3 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1936-01-15) by Stead, E. W. and Gilbert

Dating

Mid-16th Century
Circa 1530 CE - 1570 CE

Note

South German

The codpiece is coloured black except in a medial band and around its flanged edge which remain bright with a light to medium patination. The present black colouring is modern but may replace an earlier black finish.

Components of the work

Front End Band Front End Parts

Materials used in production

Steel

Techniques used in production

Hammered : Made from a single piece of metal of sub-cylindrical form that expands slightly to its domed, medially-ridged front end and is flanged outwards at its rear end; hammered, shaped, riveted, decorated with a vertical recessed band
Blackening Forming

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1.4C-1936
Primary reference Number: 18161
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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