Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.37.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which dips down to the centre and has a very narrow flange. The neck and arm edges are inwardly turned. Near either arm is a mushroom headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. The shoulder and side edges are pierced. There is a proof mark at the left.


Dimensions: height 42.0 cm ( 16.6 in ), width 31.7 cm ( 12.5 in ) Weight: 3973 g ( 8 lb 12 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, stamped, pearled GI for the maker. Inside, high at the left, 7 punched triangles.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 236.


The same construction mark appears on III.2006 but there is no match. This is one of only two known pearled GI marks, the other being on a backplate from Apethorpe.