Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.9.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which dips down deeply to the centre, and has a narrow flange. The neck and arm edges are inwardly turned, the neck with fine file roping, symetrically about the centre, which has a triple bulge, and double incised lines. At either arm edge is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps.

Modifications: each arm edge has been remade with hammer welded additions, and the flange has been reworked. The flange has two rivets filling holes, and one more rivet hole.


Dimensions: height 42.7 cm ( 16.9 in ), width 35.5 cm ( 14.0 in ) Weight: 3433 g ( 7 lb 9 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, a deeply stamped retrograde sigma.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 110.