Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, ap.29.

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, bordered by crude rivet holes, punched from the inside, for the attachment of a lining. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. A flat iron belt-hook has been riveted at each side. At the left side edge is screwed a bracket for mounting. The keel is punched with four marks inside. Painted black.


Dimensions: Height: 44.0 cm ( 17.4 in), Width: 33.0 cm ( 13.0 in) Weight: 3603 g (7 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none legible.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II 22 November 1985, Lot 112


In 1985 at the foot of the Jerusalem stairs, with III.2012 and IV.884. Possibly not indigenous to the collection.