Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House, A.3. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

It has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which dips down to the centre and has a narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have inward turns. At either arm is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps. Associated tassets numbered III.1963b and III.1963c, with breastplate being III.1963a.


Dimensions: height 42.5 cm ( 16.8 in ), width 34.0 cm ( 13.4 in )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck and under the left arm is stamped SS for the maker, Solomon Sibthorpe. At the neck is a cross of St. George for the Commonwealth and the base of a helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London. Inside is painted 78 in white.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 114.


Has been associated with fake poleyns and tassets in the Flemish style.