Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, AP2

Physical Description

With a raised neck and a narrow flange at the waist. The arm, neck and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with five plates, the rearmost being original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and the original buckle. Single incised line down spine. Fragments of the original shoulder straps, and all of the original wqaist straps survive. At the centre are two large pierced holes for mounting, with a very small hole above. At either shoulder and side are riveted iron brackets for mounting. at either side of the flange is a pierced hole of indeterminate function.


Dimensions: Height: 38.6 cm ( 15.2 in), Width: 35.6 cm ( 14.1 in) Weight: 2.1 kg ( 4 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None outside; inside is incised X, and 75 painted in orange.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, Lot 111


The same construction mark appears on III.1988 and 2019 at Littlecote.