The London Armourers of the 17th Century
Found in: London Books
Published: 1 January 1970
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It is extraordinary that so little has been published about the workmen of the Armourers' Company of London and their products. Not only does an extensive archive survive for the Company but also a rich profusion of makers', guild, arsenal and government marks on the very large quantity of their surviving armour. Perhaps the principle reason the this is the prejudice of armour scholars over the years. This is not the 'armour of Kings and captains' to which most scholarly effort has been devoted, for these workmen armourers were in the business armours 'for warres', not for decoration, and to price within contracts. By their own lights these products were practical and elegant. This study analyses the surviving products of the London Company in the 17th Century which have makers' marks and relates these to the individual armourers recorded in the Company's records. It makes available for the first time a wealth of information about not only the armour produced and worn in Britain at a time of great military and political upheaval, but also about the lives of ordinary people working in London in their chosen field in the 17th century.
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