Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.52.

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 possible, very shallow proof mark.


Dimensions: height 43.2 cm ( 17.1 in ), width 33.2 cm ( 13.1 in ) Weight: 3462 g ( 7 lb 10 oz )



Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, a stamped pearled A for the maker, helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London, and a cross of St. George for the Commonwealth. Low at the right, a large circular mark, inverted, including the letter A. Inside, painted 47 in orange.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 211.


The large circular mark appears on III.1962, 1970 and 1993 within the Littlecote series.