Artifact of the Day

5.1

Breastplate

England (1640-45)

Formed from one piece of steel. Originally painted black, only the inside retains former finish. Short-waisted form with flat sides; medial ridge dipping to peak, slightly overhanging waist flange. Neck flange with roughly rolled inward turn. Similiar treatment of armpits. Edge of waist flange not rolled, edge crudely smoothed. Large studs on upper half of breastplate for backplate straps. 1 flat-headed stud present on proper right side at waist for retaining strap (missing). Undecorated except for a single engraved line that follows the perimeter of the piece around armpits and neck, dipping to a pronounced dip at medial ridge.