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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, Italy

Production
Note(s):

North Italian
A small section of the left end of the waist has broken away. The centre of the left arm-opening shows a large crack that has been repaired with a riveted internal patch. The metal of the backplate has perforated just to the inside of the patch. The centre of the skirt shows a smaller crack.
The backplate is bright with a light patination and fine pitting over most of its surface.

Collection:

J.S. Henderson

Category:

armour

Name:

backplate (body armour)

Date:

circa 1560 1570

Period:

16th century

Description:

Backplate, for field use. Formed of a single plate shaped to the shoulder-blades and the hollow of the back. The broad, shallow neck-opening and the arm-openings have file-roped inward turns accompanied by a recessed border. The border at the neck widens to its centre. The backplate is decorated medially with a single incised line that extends from the border at the neck to the waist. The lower edge of the backplate is flanged outwards to form a short skirt. The edge of the skirt, which is slightly arched at its centre, has a file-roped inward turn accompanied by a recessed border. Attached by a single, brass-capped, round-headed rivet with a square internal washer at each shoulder is a modern, buff-leather shoulder-strap. Located just below the rivet is a hole that may originally have served to secure the shoulder-straps. The hole at the right shoulder is occupied by an externally-flush rivet. Pierced just above each of the rivets that now retain the shoulder-straps is a pair of later, vertically-aligned wiring-holes. Attached by a pair of brass-capped, round-headed rivets with square, internal washers at each side of the waist is a modern, buff-leather strap forming a waist-belt. The left strap terminates in a double-ended, tongued iron buckle, secured by a single, flat-headed rivet. The buckle has oval loops with simple, filed ornament at their centres. Pierced at each of the outer ends of the waist are a pair of later lace-holes. Part of the composite half armour HEN.M.13A-F-1933.

Technique(s):

hammering; whole
forming; whole
riveting; parts
recessing; borders
file-roping; decoration
patinating; whole

Material(s):

steel; whole
brass (alloy); rivet caps; some modern
leather; shoulder-straps; modern
leather; belt; modern
iron (metal); buckles

Technique
Description:

formed of a single plate shaped to the shoulder-blades and the hollow of the back; hammered, shaped, riveted, with recessed borders, with file-roped decoration

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 38.2, cm, maximum
width, whole, 38.1, cm, maximum
depth, whole, 15.0, cm, maximum
weight, whole, 1.49, kg

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1933-03-16; Henderson, James Stewart

Provenance:

Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Acquisition Credit:

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Related Object(s):

HEN.M.13A-1933
HEN.M.13B-1933
HEN.M.13C-1933
HEN.M.13E-1933
HEN.M.13F-1933

Part Of:

HEN.M.13A-F-1933

Accession:

Object Number: HEN.M.13D-1933
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 17875; input: 2001-01-05; modified: 2016-01-08)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/17875