Royal Armouries

Cuirassier Armour

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LOK II.102-3

Cuirassier Armour. English and Dutch, about 1625–30 (II.102/3)

  • LOK II.102-3

    Cuirassier Armour. English and Dutch, about 1625–30 (II.102/3)

  • monochrome photograph of a full length man's armour

    Cuirassier armour, English, London and Greenwich, 1610-25 (II.94)

  • colour photo of a three-quarter length decorated armour

    Cuirassier armour of Count Capodalista. Italian, possibly Brescia, about 1620 (II.192)

  • coloured engraving of a long hall displaying arms and armour

    The Great Horse Armoury, Tower of London, by Sir John Gilbert, engraved by Henry Melville, 1841-44

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Object Provenance:
English and Dutch, about 1625–30
Object Number: II.102–3

Cuirassier Armour

Description

The cuirass of this armour is constructed with the deep vestigial peascod popular in the 1620s, and is fastened with hinged hasps at either side and hinged steel straps at the shoulders, in the style of the royal workshops at Greenwich.

The full-length tassets are made of thirteen lames, with a deep lowest lame decorated with a rosette of brass rivets. The subsidiary edges of the right tasset are bordered with single incised lines, those of the left with triple incised lines.

The arm defences comprise pauldrons permanently riveted to vambraces, which are again not a pair: the main edges of the right arm defences have roped inward turns (showing that it is a late 16th century vambraces) and the subsidiary edges are bordered by triple incised lines, while those of the left arm have plain inward turns and double incised lines, in the style most popular in the early 17th century.

This armour was displayed on a wooden cross between two of the mounted figures in the 19th century Line of Kings, one of a group of three bright three-quarter armours. The close helmet of this armour is borrowed from the adjacent armour in the series, no. II.103.

Tower arsenal

References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: 16, II.76
Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: 190, II.86

Statistics

Object Provenance:
English and Dutch, about 1625–30
Object Number: II.102–3

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Dates from 1620 | Object number: II.192

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