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Codpiece: HEN.M.153-1933

Object information

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Production: Unknown (Style of)




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. The upper edge of the flange is pierced with a suspension-hole. The lower edge of the flange curves backwards to a rounded point.
The codpiece is decorated medially with an etched band of arabesques on a blackened ground.


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Down Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.2 cm
Height: 23.8 cm
Weight: 0.55 kg
Width: 10 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


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE


South German style

The codpiece is bright with a medium pitting and patination overall.

Components of the work


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 front end and is flanged outwards at its rear; hammered, shaped, riveted, with etched decoration on a blackened ground

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: green tag

  • Text: 69
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white tag

  • Text: 'PB/49' on one side and 'ARM.153-1933' on the other
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.153-1933
Primary reference Number: 18655
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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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