Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House, a.4. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial ridge terminating in a point at the waist, and has a narrow flange. The neck, arm and flange edges have plain inward turns, bordered by double incised lines at the arms, and by lining rivets at the neck and flange. At either arm is a mushroom-headed stud for the shoulder straps.

The left tasset is of eleven lames, the right of ten, overlapping upwards. Each upper lame has a transverse angle and is attached to the flange by two rivets. The lames are articulated by rivets at the outside and by internal leathers at the centre and inside. The main edges have inward turns with recessed borders. The subsidiary edges are scalloped with a punched circle in each scallop, and brdered by double incised lines. The lower lame is deeper than those above. Each poleyn is of five pieces. The main plate has a medial keel, a transverse, file-roped ridge on the outside, and a lozenge-shaped wing. There are two articulating lames above and below, attached by rivets at either side. Each lower plate is deep and rounded. The edges are like those of the tassets, but the main edges are file roped.

Of the left tasset lames 1-4 and the lower poleyn lame are restored, as is the whole of the right tasset and poleyn.


Dimensions: breastplate height 380 mm, width 341 mm, tasset length 625 mm, width 264 mm Weight: 5800 g

Inscriptions and Marks



Places England


Displayed as part of the composite cuirassier A.4 with III.2001, III.2043, III.2044 and IV.891, in 1985 in the Great hall at Littlecote, south wall, centre.