In JACOBITE times, targes were the highlanders' main means of defence in battle. A targe was a circular leather shield about 19" in diameter, with the front covered in thick leather hideand the back padded to take the shock of a heavy attack. The front was decorated with brass or silver studs and plates which occasionally had cut-
This targe is based on an original, which was "captured" at the BATTLE OF CULLODEN in 1746, and taken south to London with the Jacobite prisoners. It has a removable central spike and is now in the Museum of the Royal Armouries in Leeds.