typical pikeman’s suit breastplate, this example was made for a
large man with a long waist. The better the tailoring of the armor
to the individual, the better a man could move around while wearing
it. It is not possible to tell whether the large dent in the front
occurred before or after burial.
This breastplate was recovered from
Jordan’s Journey, a 17th-century settlement site in Prince George County
near Hopewell, Virginia.
Updated May 30, 2017