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Culloden Targe

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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-outs, backed with red cloth (traditionally a piece of red-coat's uniform). The leather was usually tooled in Celtic patterns. Some targes had a lethal spike screwed into the central boss. 

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.