Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck, a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist and a narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. At the right is a proof mark. It is black from the hammer. At either end of the neck is a drilled suspension hole.


Dimensions: height 450 mm. width 344 mm Weight: 3800 g

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped possibly HC for the maker, helmeted A, Cross of St George, 3 large circular marks, inside 6 wedges.


Places England


The backplate II.324 has exactly the same construction mark, and fits this precisely. They probably were made as a cuirass.