Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, AP88

Physical Description

With a broad, slightly 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, At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle. The neck and arm edges are bordered by irregular single incised lines.

The neck appears to have been lowered and widened during its working life. The straps were restored by the Armouries in 1968.


Dimensions: Height: 38.6 cm ( 15.2 in), Width: 33.6 cm ( 13.3 in) Weight: 1.6 kg ( 3 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside, above the flange is a diagonal line of six triangular punch marks. There is an illegible orange number.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II, 22 November 1985, Lot 38 (col. pl)


Possibly a pair to the modified breastplate, III.1995, though the construction marks do not match. In 1985 it was displayed with III.1951 and IV.905 in the Great Hall, NW figure, assembled 1968. Similar construction on marks appear in III.1988 (with X), 2009 (with A), and 2016 (possibly not indigenous).