They were made of leather reinforced with riveted iron or brass rings, sometimes accompanied by radiating strips. A group of 15th and 16th century Welsh poems and other records point to their origin (Ruabon and Wrexham were noted centres of production) but the robust design was enough to bring them to the attention of Henry VIII.
He had a number of bucklers made for his guard, some of which are depicted being carried by various members of his entourage in the famous painting The Field of Cloth of Gold preserved in the Royal Collection.
A corpus of 31 examples are recorded including this one measuring 13½in (34cm) diameter that comes for sale with Thomas Del Mar at Olympia Auctions in London on December 7 estimated at £6000-8000.
The property of ‘a distinguished scholar and collector’, it was bought from dealer DW Donald at Portobello Market, London, in 1967.