The Wallace Collection

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Gorget
  • Gorget
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1530
  • Iron or steel, embossed
  • Weight: 1.048 kg
  • Town mark: Nuremberg
  • A231
  • European Armoury I
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  • Gorget, composed of a circular collar of three lames, and two short main plates, front and back respectively, fastened on each shoulder by a stud engaging in a key-slot. The rim of the collar is boldly turned over and roped with embossed and slashed cabling (sometimes called double-roping). The upper edges of the three other plates are cut into ornamental indentations, and the main plates are further ornamented by a sunk band with three ogival cusps front and back. The backplate carries straps on the shoulders for pauldrons. The front plate is stamped near the bottom edge with the Nuremberg mark.

    Double roping of this kind can be seen on a gorget of an armour from the Meyrick Collection (Skelton, Pl. XX), now at Warwick Castle.
    For the ogival cusps, compare the Wallace Collection gauntlets A267-8, and the half-armour A36, also of Nuremberg manufacture.