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Stirrup; gilt bronze; very large; made for a Knight of the Garter.
- 1520 (circa)
- Made in: England
- (Europe,British Isles,England)
Text from Hans Sloane Manuscript Catalogue: 'A very large stirrup used in the tilts or turnaments by some of the knights of the Garter?'
Gallery Label: Gallery 46, Case 4, August 2005
A Knight of the Garter’s Stirrups
Bronze, gilding, original enamel now lost; about 1520
Possibly Italy or England
Sloane Collection; MLA SL 1451
The wide stirrup was designed to fit the wide, square-toed foot armour of the period. The horse-head motif rising from scrolls and the ‘grotesque’ mask are typical of the fashionable Renaissance style.
Exh: 'Henry VIII: A European Court in England', National Maritime Museum, 1991, no. VI.11, p. 99, ill.
28 September 1993
Clean to reveal gilding. . .
The surface of the object is covered in a coating of sorts (Linseed oil?), which has obscured most of the remaining gilding. The remaining gilding is patchy. The rust on the surface is stable.
The old coating was cleaned with swabs of acetone to reveal the extent of the remaining gilding. The surface was brushed with a stiff brush to remove cottonwool bits. The stirrup was then coated with a layer of Renaissance wax (cosmolloid 80H-microcrystalline wax,BASF hard wax "A"-polyethylene wax,white spirit), applied with a soft bristle brush. The surface was then gently burnished with a bristle brush.
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Object reference number: MCN16172
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