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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1852,0327.11

  • Description

    Miniature suit of 17thC cuirassier armour, of iron with working brass fittings and rivets, leather breeches and collar on a metal armature. There is a thick wooden base and a nicley carved and painted wooden head. Around his neck is a leather collar fastened with a green satin bow. The armour comprises a close-helmet, back and breast-plate, pair of pauldrons and vambraces, gauntlets, long tassets with integral poleyns, and greaves and sabatons. All the elements are bordered with brass lining-rivets; the pauldrons, couters, gorget-plates and tassets and gauntlets and culet are decorated with rosettes of rivets around brass bosses. The main edges have roped, inward turns, the subsidiary edges are cusped and scalloped and the central lames of the sabatons have roped, transverse ridges. Many of the pieces have accurate contemporary features; the skull of the close -helmet is made in two pieces and the bevor and rear gorget-plates of the helmet are lined with red satin under a fabric lining-band, the sabatons have internal leathers, and the strap and buckle at the waist of the tassets have the four-petalled washers characteristic of early 17th C Dutch armour. The thumb of the right gauntlet is missing and both the spurs which were riveted to brass bands at the rear of the greaves are lost, as is the central boss of the culet. The surface is filed, now bright but retaining its original black finish around the edges and rivets. The strap on the left tasset is missing.

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  • Date

    • 1620 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 centimetres (Including plinth)
  • Curator's comments

    Compare an almost identical example in the Royal Armouries collection.
    Comment and object description by T. Richardson, Royal Armouries (February 2008)

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1852

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1852,0327.11

Miniature suit of 16th-17thC armour; steel armour with working brass fittings and rivets; stuffed leather breeches; all on metal armature; wood base and face; painted face worn.

Miniature suit of 16th-17thC armour; steel armour with working brass fittings and rivets; stuffed leather breeches; all on metal armature; wood base and face; painted face worn.

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