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Composite armour: M.13-1941

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Composite armour, comprising a kettle hat, bevor, breastplate with skirt, backplate with skirt, pair of basagues, pair of gauntlets, two cuisses and poleyns almost forming a pair, pair of greaves, mail shirt, pair of mail sabatons, pair of spaudlers and vambraces.


History note: From the collection of Dr Bashford Dean, Riverdale, Long Island, New York. According to a manuscript note by F.H. Cripps-Day, dated December 1926, in his grangerised copy of G.F. Laking, A Record of European Armour and Arms, [section on jacks in volume titled 'mail'], now preserved in the Library of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 'I exchanged [a jack] with Dean for a Gothic Spanish suit made up. I wanted a Gothic suit but parted with a rare piece'. The jack, from a house in Tonbridge, Kent, is now part of the Bashford Dean Memorial Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mr Francis Henry Cripps-Day.

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Given by Mr F.H. Cripps-Day

Place(s) associated

  • Nuremburg ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-06) by Cripps-Day, Francis Henry


15th Century-16th Century#
20th Century, Early
Circa 1480 CE - 1520 CE Circa 1900 CE - 1930 CE


Mainly Spanish or Western European, backplate from Nuremburg, South Germany

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.13-1941
Primary reference Number: 18186
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 11 January 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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