- Museum number
Buckler, of wood covered with stamped leather, the rim and boss are of iron, the hand-grip of wood. The boss is of low-domed form, decorated with five petals in relief and has a scalloped flange by which it is attached to the shield by eight nails, one of which is missing and the heads of two more are lost. The exterior of the shield is forned of tooled leather, now extensively damaged, decorated with four portrait medallions: at the top, a classical figure holding a banner and riding on a dolphin; at the right a figure in 16thC costume riding a barded horse; at the left a classical scene, most probably the presentation of the head of Pompey to Julius Caesar. The bottom medallion is completely lost. The medallions are separated by panels of tooled strapwork, inside and outside which run inscriptions. Above the boss is a suspension hook attached by two nails. The body of the shield is made of three layers of wooden planks running perpendicular to each other. Around the edge on the inside is a circular iron bar nailed to the wood and retaining the ends of a long wooden hand-grip. At either side are pairs of nail-holes for the attachment of additional straps, now lost. The whole inside is lined with canvas and there are traces of leather around the edge. The tooled leather than forms the surface of the shield is extensively damaged and repaired with nails.
- Production date
Diameter: 46 centimetres
Weight: 1720 grammes
- Curator's comments
- This is one of a group of Italian shields with decorated, tooled leather covers; one other is in the Royal Armouries collection.
Comment and object description by T.Richardson, Royal Armouries (June 2008)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AL116/332 (Royal Armouries Number)