Royal Armouries

Horse Armour

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monochrome photo of the rear section of a horse armour

Peytral of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of the rear section of a horse armour

    Peytral of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of the front section of a horse armour

    Peytral of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of the rear section of a horse armour

    Crupper of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of armoured figures on foot and horseback

    Worcester armour and horse armour VI.74 in the New Horse Armoury. About 1870 © Private collection 2013

  • monochrome stereo photographs of armour displays

    The armour of the Earl of Leicester in the Line of Kings showing peytral VI.73

  • colour photo of a full length armour with gold banded decoration

    Armour of William Somerset, used for the figure of Huntingdon from 1827. (II.83)

  • monochome photo of armour for the front of a horse's head

    Shaffron. Italian or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.31)

Date: 1510 | Object number: VI.74, 82, 88–9

Statistics

Object Provenance: Probably Flemish, about 1510
Object Number: VI.74, 82, 88–9
Peytral Weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb)
Cupper Weight: 12.2 kg (27 lb)
Side Plates Weight: 800 g (1 lb 12 oz) (each)

Horse Armour

Description

Formed of a peytral, crupper and crupper side extension plates, all of plain steel pierced with pairs of holes for lacing on a textile cover. The peytral is formed of three main plates each with a narrow plate riveted at the bottom. It is shaped with bosses to accommodate the horse’s shoulders.

The crupper is made in two halves, each with a deep side plate and a top plate embossed for the haunches of the horse. The halves are joined by a narrow central plate, embossed for the spine, and at the bottom by a rear plate. The side and rear plates have narrow lower plates riveted to their lower edges. The rear plate has a semi-circular cut out for the horse’s tail.

Separate extension plates fit at either side of the crupper’s front edge, also pierced with pairs of holes, and with a narrow lower plate at the bottom.

This formed the horse armour for the figure of ‘the earl of Hastings,’ which wore the Greenwich armour of William Somerset, third earl of Worcester (II.83), in the Line of Kings

Statistics

Object Provenance: Probably Flemish, about 1510
Object Number: VI.74, 82, 88–9
Peytral Weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb)
Cupper Weight: 12.2 kg (27 lb)
Side Plates Weight: 800 g (1 lb 12 oz) (each)

Related Objects

Peytral Click on the title link above to find out more.

Object number: VI.73

Horse Armour Click on the title link above to find out more.

Object number: VI.31, VI.76, VI.83, VI.90–1

Hastings: the survivor of a coup Click on the title link above to find out more.

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