Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, 1978. Accessioned on return from loan 224 to the Sherborne Museum Association with IV.929, III.2124, III.2126. 1978.

Physical Description

The backplate has a raised neck, is slightly shaped to the spine and has a narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either side of the waist is a modern waist strap retained by two modern rivets at either side. At either shoulder is a modern shoulder strap on which is riveted three rectangular plates and a long terminal with two keyhole shaped slots for the attachment to the breastplate.


Dimensions: Height 400 mm (15.75 in.), width 330 mm (13 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the centre of the neck RR for Richard Ray. On the right shoulder is stamped: MA 2184


Places England

Bibliographic References

Rotunda Catalogue, London, 1874, p.137, MA 2184; Rotunda Catalogue, London, 1906, p.149, 16/121; Rotunda Catalogue, London, 1963, vol. 2, p.58, 16/91


The backplate was associated, at the Rotunda, with III.1559, pikeman's breastplate and tassets, also stamped MA 2184.