Sir Christopher Hatton's Vamplate

Sir Christopher Hatton

Dates from about 1590 | English, Greenwich | Object number: III.890

YouTube link to Elizabethan armours This vamplate, with its restored gilding, was fitted over the lance to protect the hand. The distinctive decoration shows that it formed part of an armour of Sir Christopher Hatton. It was made in the royal workshop at Greenwich under the master armourer, Jacob Halder.

The distinctive decoration shows that it formed part of an armour of Sir Christopher Hatton. It was made in the royal workshop at Greenwich under the master armourer, Jacob Halder.



  • The album contains armour design drawings for some of Queen Elizabeth I’s leading courtiers, advisors and military leaders including Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Sir Henry Lee and Sir Christopher Hatton.

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