Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.42. Said by Sir Seton Wills not to be indigenous to the Armoury.

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 narrow flange. The arm and neck edges are inwardly turned. At either arm is a mushroom headed stud for fastening shoulder straps. At the right is a proof mark.

It is pierced at either shoulder and at the right side by the waist.


Dimensions: height 41.9 cm ( 16.5 in ), width 84.3 cm ( 13.5 in );, Additional measurements June 2012:, Length: 360 mm [?]; Width at waist: 550 mm Weight: 3859 g ( 8 lb 8 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, stamped M for the maker, and helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London. Low at the right, a large indecipherable circular mark, double stamped.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 251.