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Pikeman

Musketeer

 

Breastplateearly 17th century.  This is the neck and armhole section of either a breastplate or possibly a backplate.  It measures only 11 1/2 " from armhole to armhole and this appears small, but is probably within the range of an adult male of the time.  It has the brass rivets with diamond-shaped washers for the shoulder straps that are found on many of the armor fragments in the DHR collections.  

This section was recovered  from Jordan's Journey, a 17th-century settlement site in Prince George County near Hopewell, Virginia. 

Currently on view in the conservation laboratory window display exhibit at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources' front lobby.