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Gorget and integral spaudlers
  • Gorget and integral spaudlers
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1540
  • Iron or steel
  • Weight: 2.56 kg
  • Mark: four dots forming a square
    Mark: single dot
  • A232
  • European Armoury III
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  • Gorget with integral spaudlers, the gorget composed of a collar of three lames and two main plates, front and back respectively, fastening on the right side with a stud and keyhole slot, the upper edge of the collar having a strongly roped circular turnover.

    The spaudlers are each of six lames articulated at the back with sliding rivets for greater freedom of movement. The plates have sunk borders and roped edges. They were fastened to the arms of the wearer by straps, of which the buckles remain riveted to the front edge of the lowest lame. Of the straps only a small portion remains.
    The rig spaudler is attached to the gorget in front by a strap equipped with a turning-pin which fits into a slot in the gorget. The edges of all the lames are bevelled and shaped in the centre by ogival indentations and cusps. The collar and the lowest lame of the right arm are marked with four punched dots, as it were at the corners of a square; the lowest lame on the left is marked with a single dot only. The upper edge of each lame, except the top one at back and front, is cut at the centre to the profile of a bracket.