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Field Armor Probably of Sir John Scudamore (1541 or 1542–1623)

Armorer:
Made under the direction of Jacob Halder (British, master armorer at the royal workshops at Greenwich, documented in England 1558–1608)
Armorer:
Helmet, left pauldron, gauntlets, and right sabaton made by Daniel Tachaux (French, 1857–1928, active in France and America) in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Armor Workshop
Date:
ca. 1587, restored and completed 1915
Geography:
Greenwich; New York, New York
Culture:
British, Greenwich
Medium:
Steel, gold, leather
Dimensions:
Wt. 68 lb. 8 oz. (31.07 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
armor: Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911; right thigh and knee defense, and left foot defense: Fletcher Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
11.128.1; 22.147.4a, b, .11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
Sir John Scudamore (1541 or 1542–1623) was appointed a Gentleman Pensioner by Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558–1603) in 1571 or 1572 and knighted in 1592. This armor probably was commissioned by him in preparation for the threatened Spanish invasion of England in 1588. It was made in the royal workshops at Greenwich during the tenure of Jacob Halder (documented in England 1558–1608) as master armorer.

The remains of this and the later Scudamore armor for his son James in the adjacent case were found, badly damaged and incomplete, in 1909, in Holme Lacy, the ancestral home of the Scudamores. The armors were restored and completed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1915, by the armorer Daniel Tachaux. The parts made by Tachaux include the helmet, left pauldron (shoulder defense), gauntlets, and right sabaton (foot defense).
Ex. coll.: Armor: Sir James Scudamore and Edwyn Francis Scudamore-Stanhope, 10th Earl of Chesterfield, Holme Lacey, Herefordshire, England. Right thigh and knee defense, and left foot defense: Meyrick. Cuisse (thigh defense) and foot defense: William Meyrick.
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