Apr 24, 2020

Pauldron for Right shoulder

Pauldron for Right shoulder

c. 1560–70

Steel, blued and gilded

Overall: 26.4 x 28 cm (10 3/8 x 11 in.)

Weight: 1.32 kg (2.91 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1528

Did you know?

A pauldron is a component of plate armor that covers the shoulder and often the armpit, and parts of the back and chest as well.


This element for the shoulder once belonged to a suit decorated by the bluing technique, a process of superheating armor plates to achieve a deep blue color. Bluing required heating to at least 590 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which oxidation occurs. Although the original color is now darkened it would have originally been a deep shade of blue. It was further enhanced with gilding to create additional contrast for a refined appearance.

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