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Breastplatethis nearly complete breastplate exhibits all the elements of pikeman suit armor from 17th-century Virginia Tidewater sites.  The rolled edges of the armholes and neck, the small skirt along the bottom with brass rivets, and the slight V coming down in the bottom center are typical of body armor sections in the DHR collections.  This example was recovered in 1989 from Jordan's Journey, a 17th-century settlement site in Prince George County near Hopewell, Virginia.   It came from a pit that contained other armor pieces, including a burgonet-type helmet.

Previously exhibited at several venues around the Commonwealth, this breastplate is now on view in the conservation laboratory window display exhibit at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources' front lobby.