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Monumental brass fragment
  • Monumental brass fragment
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders, possibly
  • c. 1330
  • Copper alloy
  • Weight: 1.49 kg
  • A1336
  • European Armoury I
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  • Fragment of a monumental brass, representing a mail-clad left leg from the below the knee to the toes, the pair to A1337. The representation of mail incised upon the surface takes the form of vertical lines between which are a series of arcs, running in alternate direction in each row. The spurs have short necks and large eight-pointed rowels. The straps of the spurs are sunk below the surface of the plate, and were possibly filled with enamel.

    Possibly Flemish, about 1330.

    Laking, European Armour III, fig. 969, Portfolio of the Monumental Brass Society, VII, iii, pl. 13.

    Provenance: Springer; Louis Carrand (deux jambes d'effigie sepulchrale en bronze XIIIe, 40 fr.; receipted bill, undated); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The rowel spur came into general use during the second quarter of the XIV century. Mail as the sole armour of the feet and lower legs was still being represented on effigies in England as late as that probably of Roger Salaman (died 1343-4), in Horley Church, Surrey, and on brasses as late as that of Sir Hugh Hastings (died 1347), in Elsing Church, Norfolk.