A Vamplate, c. 1560

1794 8 2 v2
1794 9

Item ref: 1794

  • Northern Europe
  • Steel, brass, gold and leather
  • Diameter of 28 cm / 11 in


Collection of Jean-Baptiste-Antoine-Marcelin, Baron de Marbot (1782–1854)

Vamplates first appeared on lances in the early fourteenth century, when a circular plate of metal was placed immediately above the hanste, or grip to protect the hand and arm from an enemy’s strike.