Top 10 Objects
Here are ten objects that have been chosen by our curators as examples of some of the finest objects in our collection.
Japanese armour that was a gift to James I of England, VI of Scotland.
Burmese bronze cannon
Bronze cannon in the form of a dragon.
Dates from 1790 | Object number: XIX.123
Our elephant armour is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest animal armour in the world.
Armour for man and horse in the German ‘Gothic’ style of the late 15th century.
Dates from 1480 | Object number: II.3
The horned helmet was part of a gift from the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I to King Henry VIII of England.
Dates from 1514 | Object number: IV.22
A 16th century armour embossed with lions heads. It is the finest decorated armour in the Royal Armouries collection.
Dates from 1550 | Object number: II.89
The finest surviving 14th century basinet in the world.
Dates from 1370 | Object number: IV.470
Worn by Henry VIII at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520. Is currently on loan (June-29 September) to Leeds Castle for an exhibition.
Dates from 1520 | Object number: II.7
A Chinese 15th century Ming dynasty sword, decorated with gold and semi-precious stones.
1848 Colt Dragoon Pistol
Designed by Samuel Colt, this .44 calibre pistol was an immensely powerful handgun.
Dates from 1850 | Object number: XII.908