The Wallace Collection

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Vamplate
  • Vamplate
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy, probably Milan
  • c. 1560
  • Iron or steel and gold, etched and gilded
  • Diameter: 30.6 cm
    Diameter: 10 cm, lance opening
    Weight: 1.44 kg
  • A346
  • European Armoury I
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  • Vamplate, probably for the joust of peace, circular and comparatively flat, with a short lip around the central aperture, which is quite large, indicating the intention that it should be mounted on a very thick and heavy jousting lance.

    Decorated with radiating bands containing etched, floral scroll ornament, the ground granulated and gilt, the bands bordered with narrow lines of guilloche ornament, and engrailed or toothed along the edges. The form of the decoration is the same as that upon the close-helmet for the joust and locking gauntlet, Wallace Collection nos. A191 and A278.