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International conference on arms and armour

The Armourers and Brasiers Company of London and the Arms and Armour Society

In 2022 the Armourers and Brasiers Company of London will celebrate it’s 700th anniversary. As part of the events to commemorate this occasion, the Company in partnership with the Arms and Armour Society is planning a 2-day international conference on the history of arms and armour.

The conference will be held in the Company’s historic Livery Hall in the city of London on the 17-18 October 2022.

There will be a range of speakers covering the many aspects of the history of the Company – including talks on armour, swords, small arms, cannon founding as well as on the history of the Company. We are also hope to hold a conference dinner on the evening of the 17th in Livery Hall.

So please save the date and look out for a detailed list of speakers, costs and further details.


The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol.XXIII, No.6


English Cannon-Barrelled Box-Lock Pistols of The Eighteenth Century: A Developmental and Chronological Review. Part 1: The Early Phase, ca. 1735 – ca. 1760.

Michael G. Spencer


The top-hammer box-lock cannon-barrelled pistol is a quintessentially English flintlock firearm of the eighteenth century. From its first appearance, probably shortly after 1730, to its demise around 1790, it underwent a number of constructional and stylistic changes which provide a guide to the dating of any individual piece. The purpose of this article is to describe the developmental sequence and to fix this chronologically as far as is reasonably possible.

Pages 421-425

The Black Sea yataghans.

Thom Richardson


This paper identifies a rare and distinctive group of yataghans, associated with the Laz of the Black Sea coast around Trabzon, and the manufacture of weapons for them in Daghistan, and the impact on the region of the Circassian genocide.

Pages 426-446

A young general by van Dyck and pieces of Italian armours decorated in the Jorg Sorg style: on description and attribution.

Yulia Igina


The article is focused on a group of the pieces of Italian armours decorated in the Jorg Sorg style, the decorative pattern of which is represented in the Portrait of a young general by Anthony van Dyck, in the series of canvases Jerusalem Delivered by Domenico Finoglia at Conversano, in the portraits of Duke of Arcos and of Count Potocki. The group consists of 70 pieces of armour in total or 3 composite armors and 26 separate pieces of armor dispersed throughout the world. In the article the author attempts to unite all objects decorated in the pattern in question known today (some of them are introduced into scholarship for the first time) and to systematize this large group of pieces dividing them into several subgroups by their authenticity, the quality of their etching, the variation of their pattern and their relationship to one another.

Pages 447-473

The Manufacturing of Manton’s Pattern 1833 Carbine lock, a late Ordnance flintlock, and Lovell’s Pattern 1842 Percussion lock, the first purpose-designed Ordnance percussion sidelock.

David Williams and David Harding


Recent work has revealed the significant steps that were made in the interchangeable manufacturing of flintlock musket locks in Britain between 1809 and 1817, and which built on Henry Nock’s earlier work on his enclosed screwless lock. This note uses experimental object study to

examine the manufacturing and interchangeability of subsequent key Nock-influenced designs of Ordnance flint and percussion locks, to help to understand the British position before the step changes in technology that were applied in the manufacture of the Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket. The objects studied include a unique lock Pattern made in 1845 to guide manufacturing. The note shows that Manton’s Pattern 1833 Carbine lock, although using large numbers of gauges in its manufacture, was not interchangeable. The Pattern 1842 lock, which again used many gauges in its manufacture, while not interchangeable was highly standardised and made at close to interchangeable standards, with specific allowances to permit explicit management of metal-to-metal fitting, and at a high “West End” level of quality. The detailed changes in its design suggest that it provided an important platform for learning, thus contributing to the successful Pattern 1853 lock design. The present work also suggests that the fits, in engineering jargon, at which interchangeability was achieved should be more closely examined.

Pages 474-492


Arms and Armour:  History, Conservation and Analysis 

This book brings together papers giving new insights into the history, science and interpretation of important objects. It has been written by curators, conservators and scientists who have worked with European and Oriental arms and armour from the world’s finest collections. 

This book also recognises the influence that David Edge has had on the field of arms and armour. 


Preface and acknowledgements

History of arms and armour
1 The 1520 foot combat armours of Henry VIII: design, technology and meaning
Keith A. Dowen

2 Cloth of steel: elements of a Landsknecht armour in the Wallace Collection
Tobias Capwell

3 Henry VIII’s Italian armour of 1544: a metallurgical note on alterations and improvements by the Royal Workshops at Greenwich
Simon Metcalf and Alan Williams

4 A lance rest from a Spanish royal garniture in the Wallace Collection
Alvaro Soler del Campo

5 The remains of a rare Tibetan shaffron
Donald J. La Rocca

Conservation and display
6 Mannequins for armours: a conservational and aesthetic challenge
Petra Fuchs

7 Six armours of the National Museum of Finland
Lasse Mattila

8 Pierced metalwork on Iranian vambraces and their cleaning
Francesca Levey

9 Analysis: Viking-era swords investigated by medical X-radiography and CT scanning: a new pommel classification and the assessment of blade geometry
Robert A. Hill

10 The helmet of the Black Prince analysed by neutron diffraction
David Edge, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan Williams

11 Shah Jahan and Mughal steel: recent studies on Indian blades by neutron diffraction
Arthur Bijl, David Edge, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan Williams

12 Indo-Persian axes and the faking of wootz
David Edge, Richard Furrer, Francesco Grazzi, Antonella Scherillo and Alan Williams

13 Fakes and their detection by analysis
Brian Gilmour

14 Metal woodscrews during the flintlock years: West European metal woodscrews from 1650 to 1830: an archival and metallurgical study
Yannick Chastang

Publisher’s price £49.50 plus P&P, discounted price to UK and Rest of the World Arms and Armour Society members and friends £40.00 plus postage and packing. Email to reserve your discounted copy. 

Copies will be available on on the 3rd October 2021 at the 103rd London Antique Arms Fair, RAF Museum, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. 

Available in the US at $67.50 plus postage and packing via the Oakeshott Institute and to US Arms and Armour Society members at a $10 discount using the code AASOC2021 at 

Edited by Society members Alan Williams and Keith Dowen. 

Published in association with Archetype Publications and supported by the Oakeshott Institute. Partially underwritten by the North fund. 

ISBN: 978-1-909492-82-0