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  • Production date:

    c. 1300; late 13th century or early 14th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This knight on horseback is the earliest hollow-cast pewter figure known in England, and is one of the earliest examples of a mass-produced medieval metal toy. The knight wears a hauberk (coat of mail) and he carries a sword in his right hand. His helmet is missing. Stylistic features suggest a date of about 1300. Comparable figures have been found on the continent and similar mounted knights are shown in Matthäus Schwarz of Augsburg's autobiographical costume book of 1509. This knight was probably played with by a medieval child. The presence of a large number metal toys from London shows that there was a thriving mass market in children's playthings in the medieval period.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H 53 mm; W 40 mm (overall), H 58 mm; W 42 mm (overall)

  • Materials

    lead alloy; tin-lead alloy; pewter

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    Purchased with the assistance of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London


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