Of heavy form with low medial ridge drawn out to a blunt point above a short flange at the base, turned neck and arms with incised line borders, the neck struck with armourers marks of Richard Rathbone or Richard Ray and Solomon Sibthorp and what I believe to be a Crowned A, retaining mushroom studs for shoulder straps. Some evidence of white emulsion to the back, suggesting it has been on a wall for a while.
Richard Rathbone and Richard Ray. Rathbone was apprenticed to William Crouchfor 9 years and was made free on 17th March 1616/7, recording his mark. He was evidently dead by 1636.
Richard Ray was apprenticed to Richard Thurlbey from Midsummer 1628 and was made free on 7 July 1636, At the Court in December 1637 he presented hi smacker RR, which was ‘not allowed’ and was one of the witnesses to the proof agreement of 10th April 1638. He is believed to have died in 1678.
Solomon Sibthorp son of Daniell Sibthorpe of Brackgal (Bracknel?), Berkshire, was apprenticed to James Giles for 8 years from Michaelmas 1625, turned over to Samuel Ashton on 15 January 1628/9 and was made free on 1 October 1633.
Tom Richardson (2004) The London Armourers of the 17th Century, Henry Ling Limited, Dorset Press, UK.