Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Tower arsenal. Part of Loan 199 to the National Portrait Gallery, 1968-86.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which curves down to the centre and has an narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a hole which originally contained mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. There is a proof mark on the right side. Blued and lacquered. The inside is lacquered.


Dimensions: Height: 40.3 cm ( 15.9 in), Width: 34.7 cm ( 13.7 in), Weight: 4.50 kg ( 10 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a helmeted A, for the Armourers Company of London, the Cross of St George, for the Commonwealth, and RB for the maker. Near the waist flange to the right of the keel is stamped a very clear large circular mark. Inside the breastplate just above the waist flange to the right of the keel are seven triangular punch marks.