Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.56.

Physical Description

It has a raised neck and medial ridge terminating in a point at the waist, which dips down to the centre and has a narrow flange. The neck and arm edges have plain inward turns. High at either side of the chest near the arm edges is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. It is of duplex construction, the layers folded at the sides, flange and shoulders. At either side of the keel is a hole, possibly for a previous stud, and each shoulder is pierced for suspension. Additional filled rivet holes on the inner plate suggest that this is a reused piece. Bands of incised lines decorated the exterior, running down the centre and from either arm to the flange. The exterior is russet from the hammer. Microhardness mean 280 HV, outside



Dimensions: height 428 mm, width 350 mm Weight: 4600 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside, punched with four wedges.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II 22 November 1985, lot 212.


The same construction mark appears on III.1962, 1986, 1991, 2019 (with X), and 2026 in the littlecote series.