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.
backplate (body armour)
circa 1560 1570
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.
brass (alloy); rivet caps; some modern
leather; shoulder-straps; modern
leather; belt; modern
iron (metal); buckles
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
height, whole, 38.2, cm, maximum
width, whole, 38.1, cm, maximum
depth, whole, 15.0, cm, maximum
weight, whole, 1.49, kg
bequeathed; 1933-03-16; Henderson, James Stewart
Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.
J.S. Henderson Bequest
Object Number: HEN.M.13D-1933
(record id: 17875; input: 2001-01-05; modified: 2016-01-08)