This website is using cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.
×

c1640 Original English Civil War Breast Plate

***NOW SOLD***
Array
Description

English Civil War Breast Plate in superb original condition maker marked with an 'M' to the central front ridge (please see pictures).

Here I am offering a very rare heavy weight breastplate by Nicholas Marshall, who was apprentice to Robert Smith for 7 years and made free on 13th May 1618, recording a mark in the margin of the apprentice records (Guildhall 12079/2). He first appears in the quarterage payments in 1627 (Guildhall 12085: 21). He is recorded in the account of Sir Thomas Jay Kt Master of the Kings Armoury 1st October 1628 to 31st December 1631 (Mr Marshall). In 1631 he was one of the signatories to the Proclamation against the imbellizing of armour (Rymer 1732: 309). On 18th October 1631 he received a part share of payment for a contract for 769 armours 'brought into his Mts stoares ye 3d daie of Novemeber 1628 after ye rate of 19s a peece. Received by us John Ashton Nicholas Marshall and Thomas Stevens of London Armourer' (PRO WO 36/37: 58). In 1637 he sat on a committee of armourers regarding the admission of gun makers into the Company. At the Court of 17th April 1641 he was elected renter Warden, at that of 16th April 1642 he was elected Upper Warden, and at that of 22nd April 1643 he was elected Master of the Company (Guildhall 12071/3: 96v, 133v, 139v, 145). Meanwhile he has apprentices John Rogers of Billingforth, Norfolf, from 1637-45, and John Hill, son of John Hill of Bentley, Yorkshire, 1639-47 (Guildhall 12079: 90v, 96v). At the committee of the Army on 26th June 1645, 'Contracted with Thomas Stevens and Nicholas Marshall for Two hundered Armes backs and brests and potts at 20s p suite', and 'for two hundred head pieces at viis p piece' (Mungeam, 1968: 103). He was still active in the company in 1649, when he was instructed to 'viewe such Armers  as marked by the Companies Marke' (Guildhall 12071/3: 179v). He died in 1657 in the parish of St Sepulchre (Will PCC Ruthen 457, PRO 11/269: 381r-382l). Another armourer was working at this time who should also be considered in this context and he is Richard Medley. Medley was apprenticed with Henry Whitmore for 7 years ending on 23rd June 1605. He was sworn and made free by John Nye on the 2nd July 1606, John Pyewell being the Master, Thomas Bate and Richard Gardiner being Wardens (Guildhall 12079/2: 12v). 

(The London Armourers of the 17th Century by Thom Richardson, 2004:60-61)

A very rare item by a good maker that has not been restored or over painted or cleaned.

 

    

    

Latest Blogs

Many boxed named examples as well as singles too.  ...
An 18th Century Afghan Pulwar/ Pulouar Sword with Straight Double Edged Blade. Huge blade and a very nice example. ...
A really good complete set of Binoculars 1917 dated and maker marked.  Reference books... Lots more stock to add shortly! ...
1914 Iron Crosses issued to non-combatants used a reverse-coloured ribbon scheme and are very rare. During the wars of 1813 and 1870 the Iron Cross 2nd class was awarded on a white ribbon to deserving 'non-combatants'. This included doctors, members ...
All fresh in this morning a small collection of really nice items.   Be quick as some have already sold today!  - Zulu Spear - Various bayonets - Medals -Shell cases including a Falklands Argentinian example - WW1 Compass...
A super example with no nothing and in pristine condition. Maker marked and dated 1943 with crows foot (War Department) markings. A very rare example purchased directly fro WW2 veterans family. ...
The name and regiment of the Chindit will be given to the purchaser. All of these items were purchased directly for the son of the Chindit. ...
We will be opening our antique shop late on Saturday 25th June 2022 as we are visiting clients in the morning.  We will be open as follows: Open at: 1130 hrs Closing: 1500 hrs We look forward to seeing you....

About Us

Welcome to Armoury Antiques and Militaria and Binky’s Barn. This is a dual website with two distinct shopping experiences. Armoury Antiques and Militaria deal with all things related to swords, daggers, armour and military collectables, whilst Binky’s Barn is the Antique Furniture and Objet D'Art side of our business.

Read More

Sale of Edged Weapons

We will require documentary evidence that you are over 18 years of age to comply with the current legislation when purchasing any edged weapons or antique flintlock/ percussion items. We will, in addition, require, a scanned copy of either your driving licence or passport as part of pur due diligence checks and legality checks. 

Read More

Contact Us

Armoury Antiques and Militaria
4 The Pannier Market (Perimeter Shops)
Tavistock
Devon
PL19 0AL

Telephone: 07887 852523 Email:[email protected] 

Contact Us