Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



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

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 mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. There is a proof mark high at the left.


Dimensions: Height: 41.9 cm ( 16.5 in), Width: 33.8 cm ( 13.3 in) Weight: 3859 g (8 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the neck with a helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London, a small Cross of St George for the Commonwealth, and a H for the maker. At the right is a large circular mark, inverted, the upper line reading A.BB. Inside is a construction mark III.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II 22 November 1985, Lot 51


Displayed with III.2010 untill November 1985, In the Great hall N wall, fireplace, Left with III.2008 and IV.879. The makers mark appears only on non-indigenous pieces III.1978 and 2077 at Littlecote. The large circular mark is also on III.1962, 1983 and 1993.