Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House, A.6. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

It is heavy, with a slightly raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a vestigal peascod. The waist dips down deeply to the centre, and has a broad flange, rounded at the centre. At either side of the chest is a pierced, rectangular stud, and a swivel hook with a pierced quartrefoil washer, and scallop-shaped terminal with incised feathering. There is a proof mark at the left.

The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned and bordered by double incised lines. The outer surfaces are corsely filed. At the right of the flange is a contemporary riveted repair. The swivel hooks, but not the washers, are restorations.


Dimensions: height: 476 mm (18.8 in), width 340 mm (13.4 in) Weight: 6.753 kg (14 lb 14 oz)

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Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 41 (col.pl.); P.A. Spreadbury, Littlecote, London, 1979 p.5.


Traditionally associated with the Armour of Col. Alexander Popham (III.1956-58). Several others of the same type survive; from the collection of L.F. MCCargle of Sheffield Park, sold Wallis and Wallis, 27 April 1971, lot 458 (ill.); and III.1476, from the R. Williams collection.