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Upper cannon: HEN.M.133-1933

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Upper cannon of a vambrace, for field use. Formed of an outer plate and a considerably shorter inner plate. The latter, which has a later extension-plate riveted within its front end, is riveted within the former. The outer plate has a plain partial inward turn at its lower front corner where it is cut away in a concave curve to clear the inside of the elbow. The lower end of the centre plate is pierced with a pair of rivet-holes. The rear hole is occupied by an externally-flush rivet that retains a fragment of a modern leather that would have linked the upper cannon to a couter. The inner plate is clearly associated with the outer plate. Together with the couter HEN.M.134-1933


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: 10.5 cm
Height: 17.5 cm
Weight: 0.25 kg
Width: 11 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Circa 1570 - 1600


The upper cannon is bright with a light to medium patination on the outer plate, and a slightly heavier patination on the inner plate.

Components of the work

Leather composed of leather ( modern fragment)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hammered : Formed of an outer plate and a considerably shorter inner plate; hammered, shaped, riveted

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: green tag with number

  • Text: 297
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white tag with number

  • Text: PB/46
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.133-1933
Primary reference Number: 18615
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Audit data

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

Associated departments & institutions

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

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