IX. Description of the Engravings on a German suit of Armour, made for King Henry VIII., in the Tower of London; by Samuel Rush Meyrick, Esq. LL.D. and F.S.A. in a Letter to Henry Ellis, Esq. F.R.S. Secretary

Samuel Rush Meyrick
1829 Archaeologia  
In the new arrangement of the Horse-armoury at the Tower, which the Master-General and the Honourable Board of Ordnance were pleased to confide to my directions, I deemed it proper that several of the horses should be barded, instead of allowing the armour for that purpose to remain indiscriminately mixed with other pieces on the walls. Having, therefore, ordered all of such description to be brought to me, that I might put together those of a suit, I found some covered with black paint, which,
more » ... black paint, which, on holding to the light, appeared to me to contain a faint resemblance of engraving. On removing a portion of this coating my conjectures were not only confirmed, but I instantly saw that these were the horse-armour for the suit, hitherto considered as having been made for Henry VII., and which has the characteristic contour of the close of his reign. On the whole being sent to Enfield to be cleaned, I requested Mr. Lovell, the superintendant of the small armoury department there, whom I knew to be very skilful, to take accurate tracings of whatever was worthy of remark. The result has proved the suit to have belonged to Henry VIII. and exhibits so curious a picture of the superstitious feelings of the times, which conceived a man's body to be doubly protected when not only sheathed in steel but covered with the legends of saints, that I am induced to beg you will lay the drawings before the Society of Antiquaries.
doi:10.1017/s0261340900024899 fatcat:klo6diyeqbdihfz7wgivop5ady