Album containing armour designs

The 'Almain Armourer's Album'

YouTube link to Elizabethan armours The original manuscript is likely to have been the drawings of an armourer working in England during Elizabeth I reign, most likely those of Jacob Halder. The original ‘Jacob Album’, or ‘Almain Armourer’s Album’, is in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Royal Armouries Library owns a facsimile published in 1905.

The ‘Album’ contains armour design drawings for some of Queen Elizabeth I leading courtiers, advisors and military leaders including Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Sir Henry Lee and Sir Christopher Hatton.

The drawings consist of a single page showing the main armour and a further page with images of all the additional parts needed to make the armour adaptable for different purposes.

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  • Published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII to the English throne. This definitive publication illustrates and records over 90 Henrician treasures from the Royal Armouries own collections and from around the world.

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Armour is not just made from iron and steel, but also from bronze, silver, gold, wood, leather, bone, and can be decorated with precious stones and even shells. Modern armours use ceramics and plastics.

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