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Pauldron: HEN.M.130-1933

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Reinforce for the left pauldron, for use in the tourney field. Formed in one piece with a high, upstanding haute-piece. The lower half of the reinforce is shaped to the shoulder, the armpit and the top of the chest. The outside of the shoulder and the centre of the haute-piece are each strongly boxed along a vertical ridge. The upper edge of the haute-piece rises to an obtuse point at the top of the ridge, and has strongly rounded corners. It has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border, as does the convex edge of the portion of the reinforce that extends over the chest. The lower edge of the portion of the reinforce that extends over the shoulder is decorated with a pair of incised lines. Single incised lines mark the V-shaped base of the haute piece, and the division between the portions of the reinforce that extend over the chest and the shoulder. The reinforce is pierced just below the base of the haute-piece, and a short distance to the inside of its medial ridge with a circular hole to receive the stud or screw that would have secured it to the front of the pauldron. It is further pierced at its lower outer corner with a horizontal keyhole-slot that would have engaged a turning-pin that protruded from the lower end of the pauldron.


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: 15.9 cm
Height: 30.7 cm
Weight: 1.09 kg
Width: 29.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1580


North Italian

The reinforce is bright with a light, slightly mottled patina overall. Its surface shows some scoring due to mechanical cleaning.

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed in one-piece with a high, upstanding haute-piece; hammered, shaped, riveted, with incised and file-roped decoration, and recessed borders

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PB/17
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.130-1933
Primary reference Number: 18611
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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