Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, AP68.

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. High at either arm is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps.


Dimensions: height 37.7 cm ( 14.9 in ), width 31.3 cm ( 12.4 in ) Weight: 3263 g ( 7 lb 3 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck stamped M twice for the maker, helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London, cross of St.George for the Commonwealth, a very small MM. At the left shoulder, a large circular mark. Painted inside, 29 in orange.

Bibliographic References

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


The painted 29 also appears on III.2009, suggesting that they may once have been shown together.