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

Jacob Halder (British, master armorer at the royal workshops at Greenwich, documented in England 1558–1608)

ca. 1587
British, Greenwich
Steel, etched and gilt
Weight, 68 lb. 8 oz. (31.07 kg)
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.128.1; 22.147.4a, b, .11
  • Description

    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).

  • Provenance

    Ex. coll.: Armor: Sir James Scudamore and Edwyn Francis Scudamore-Stanhope, 10th Earl of Chesterfield, Holme Lacey, Herefordshire, England.

    Cuisse (thigh defense) and foot defense: William Meyrick.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History