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Breastplate - A-312-front Breastplate - A-312-inside Breastplate - A-312-left-side Breastplate - A-312-right Breastplate - A-312-mark

Breastplate 1640

Of typical form with small peascod and central crease. Inward turned plain rolls at the arms and inward turned roll over wire at the neck. Small waist flare. Painted on the inside with a 6 in black paint. Marked on the inside with 5 triangular punches and chiseled X. Exterior originally smooth and white. Marked near the neck with a C surmounted by a star. This mark is discussed on page 31 of Thom Richardson's The London Armourers of the 17th Century. It is not explicitly identified, but several possible makers with last names starting with C are discussed on page 30. proof mark on the right side. Lightly oxidized. Earlier varnish cleaned.

Measurements: In the lower center app. .150-.170 in. thinning to .110 in places at the edges under the arms. Weight: 8 pounds 1.8 ounces (3675 g). Somewhat atypically for these late breastplates thicker near the center and thinning pretty evenly toward the edges. The thickness is a lot more even than it is on many pieces.


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