Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, ap.87.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial ridge terminating in a point at the waist, which curves down to the centre and has a narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns, bordered by single incised lines, which reveal the shape of the earlier breastplate. At either side of the chest is a restored mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. It is pierced with small holes at either side of the centre and at either side of the flange, and is pierced high at the left of the chest, right shoulder and on the keel. It is of duplex construction, the layers folded over at the shoulders, sides and flange. The inner plate had a deep peascod, was bordered with rivet holes, and has sets of single and double incised lines running down the centre and from the arms to the flange. At the lower front is sandwiched a further small plate. The exterior is russet from the hammer.



Dimensions: height 421 mm, width 342 mm Weight: 4370 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside is incised XX and three triangular punch marks. It is painted 42 under 34 in orange.

Bibliographic References

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


The same construction mark appears on III.1981, 2001, 2022, 2023 and 2025, and in the latter instance with the three wedges also. These may be a pair. Both bear the painted number 34, so were shown together once.