Armour of Sir Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst

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Armour of Sir Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst

Jacob Halder, Royal Workshop, Greenwich, c. 1587

Information about Armour of Sir Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst

  • Year created: c. 1587
  • Creator: Jacob Halder, Royal Workshop, Greenwich
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Weight: 32.03 kg
  • Collection: Arms and Armour
  • Gallery: European Armoury II

By 1587 the English knew that soon, they would be attacked by a massive invasion force- the Spanish Armada. The whole country mobilised; weapons were stockpiled and prominent Elizabethans were assigned military commands across England.

Sir Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, led cavalry patrolling the south coast. This ornate war armour was made for him during that frantic period of preparation, but it was never used. The Armada was destroyed before it could land, by bad weather and the English navy.

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