• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vamplate A round plate of iron on the shaft of a tilting spear, to protect the hand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vamplate The plate of iron carried upon the lance, the lance passing through it. It served as a protection for the hand when the lance was couched. It was originally a roundel, but in the armor of the just attained very large dimensions. Also avantplat, lance-plate.
    • n vamplate In heraldry, a bearing representing a gauntlet. Berry. The name vamplate, applied to this bearing, is a mistake arising at a time when medieval armor was not understood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vamplate vam′plāt the iron plate through which the lance passed, serving as a protection to the hand when the lance was couched.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. avant, before, fore + E. plate,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. avant-platavant, before, plat, plate.


In literature:

In a small case are unfinished portions of a helmet and gorget, and a gilt and engraved vamplate belonging to a suit of Henry Prince of Wales.
"Authorised Guide to the Tower of London" by W. J. Loftie