My daughter took this pic today in the tower. We have talked about this present to James I before. John
Tower Of London Armour
Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:02 AM
I'll be visiting there in 2 weeks. Tower of London is first on my list followed by the royal armouries in Leeds - can't wait
Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:30 AM
John that is nice armour, thank you and your Daughter for sharing.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:55 AM
Thanks Greg. The Victoria Albert museum is just across from our hotel so will definately check that out as well.
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:59 AM
Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:39 PM
If you have time the British Museum might also be worth a look and if your taste run to arms and armour in more general terms then the Wallace Collection, just a bit north of Oxford Street, has a fabulous display.
You might also call in at Grays Antique Market and have a chat with Don Bayney. (Worth contacting him beforehand to see if he will be there.)
All the best.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:05 PM
Was in London many years ago and hit all three museums: V&A, Tower of London, British Museum - great places to see all sorts of antique weaponry. Enjoy your visit.
Rich S, PhD, FAIC (ret)
The Japanese Sword Index
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:06 PM
Thanks Geraint. British Museum is definately on the list and would love to visit the Wallace Collection time permitting.
Only in London 2 1/2 days unfortunately though 2 weeks in the UK. Although I'd be very happy to turn it into an antique arms & armour tour the rest of my family may have a say on the itinerary
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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:38 PM
All, The armour in question was one of the two given to King James I (and VI) and brought back by Captain Saris together with a tachi, a saddle and stirrups and some screens. This particular armour was placed in the Tower of London, the other in various Royal palaces, The latter is now on display in Leeds and retains all the original textiles but has lost the kuwagata dai. This one spent a long time at the Tower being described as Indian (the armour of the 'Great Mogul') and suffered pretty badly. By the 1970's it had lost its sleeves and leg armour and the lacing was getting tatty. I have only ever seen B/W images of it at that stage and someone had mounted a pair of oda gote and an haidate with it that didn't belong. As a result it was shipped to Japan for refurbishment and returned with a new kuwagata dai, and other helmet mounts as well as being completely relaced. Sadly it was a bit over-polished and lost most of the mon on the dou, but one survives on the side plate showing it was an armour belonging to a member of the Takeda family. It was far too small to have been Takeda Shingen's (he is portrayed as being rather corpulent) so it may well have belonged to his son -Takeda Katsuyori.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:45 AM
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