Object Title

Harquebusier's armour

Harquebusier's armour



Object Number



Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The skull is made in two pieces joined in a low comb. The pivoted peak is narrow and flat, with a triple bar faceguard. The neckguard is of one piece embossed to simulate three lames, and roughly engraved with five pairs of lines. The main edges have plain inward turns, bordered on the neckguard by nine round headed lining rivets and by five flush rivets round the front of the skull. The cheekpieces are original but associated, of asymmetrical round-bottomed type on modern leathers. The surface is black from the hammer, covered inside with thick paint. At the point of the tail is a suspension hole. The breastplate has a raised neck, a medial ridge and a narrow flange at the waist. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps. The main edges have plain inward turns, bordered by a series of later lining holes. There is a proof mark at centre right. The surface is black from the hammer. The backplate has a raised neck and a flange at the waist. The main edges including the flange have plain inward turns. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with modern scales and terminal. At either side is a restored waist strap and buckle. The surface is black from the hammer.


Dimensions: pot height 340 mm, width 195 mm, depth 396 mm; breastplate height 440 mm, width 345 mm; backplate height 386 mm, width 345 mm Weight: Pot 1715 g, breastplate 4130 g, backplate 2690 g

Inscriptions and Marks

The pot has a construction mark, XX and three wedges on the peak and skull. The breastplate has star over C, helmeted A, and a large circular mark at the junction of the flange of the breastplate, and inside a construction mark, /X. The backplate has combined TR and helmeted A overstruck with a small St George Cross, and inside a construction mark, four wedges.


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