Sir Christopher Hatton
Dates from about 1590 | English, Greenwich | Object number: III.890
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 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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First commercial steel melting
Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.