Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, ap.50.

Physical Description

The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which curves down to the centre and has a narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns. At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. There is one proof mark at the left. It is of triplex construction, the inner and outer layers folded on all sides, and sandwiching a piece of 16th century armour, with symmetrically roped main edge now flattened, and a fourth piece of armour inside the lower centre. The exterior is russet from the hammer.


Dimensions: height 406 mm width 352 mm Weight: 3774 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the right shoulder IH for the maker. Six wedges inside, and a further single wedge visible in X-ray.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Omitted from the Sotheby catalogue.


In 1985 In the Great hall S wall, centre, Left, with III.2020 and IV.889. The makers mark appears also at Littlecote on III.2017, which is not indigenous.