Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Transfered from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1978.

Physical Description

It is short-waisted, with a slightly raised neck, a medial ridge terminating in a vestigial peascod, and a flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges have plain inward turns bordered by double incised lines. High at either arm is a swivel hook with a fretted washer and a pierced stud for the shoulder straps. At the left near the arm is a proof mark. It is painted black, and spot cleaned at the neck revealing the original rough russet finish.


Dimensions: height 425 mm, width 325 mm Weight: 4700 g (10 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a crowned CR, EO and D upside down. Stamped on the left shoulder with MA 2229. Painted incorrectly 16/134.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Rotunda 1873: 137-8, no. MA 2229; Rotunda 1906: 149, no.16/165; Rotunda 1963, Vol 2: 58, no.16/135


Edward Oxenton was Master of the Armourers Company in 1667. This breastplate is one of a group of short-waisted examples which seem to be of 1640s form but were evidently made in the 1660s.