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Codpiece: M.1.4C-1936

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Production: Unknown




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.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Mid#
Circa 1530 CE - 1570 CE


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

Materials used in production


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

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: Wednesday 14 September 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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