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Codpiece: HEN.M.153-1933

Object information

Awaiting location update

Maker(s)

Style of Unknown (Production)

Description

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.

Notes

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: 10.0 cm

Relative size of this object

10 cm23.8 cm8.2 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1900 CE

Note

South German style

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

Components of the work

Decoration Ground Parts

Materials used in production

Steel

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
Formed

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: Tuesday 20 March 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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