Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.70.

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 neck and arm edges are inwardly turned. At either arm is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps.


Dimensions: height 41.0 cm ( 16.2 in ), width 33.1 cm ( 13.1 in ) Weight: 2866 g ( 6 lb 5 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, stamped, combined HK for the maker. Inside the flange, an incised inverted V. Inside the right shoulder, eight triangular punch marks. Inside a painted 87 in orange.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 76.


Possibly a pair to III.2028 which has a quite different maker's mark. The painted 29 also appears on III.2028, suggesting that they have been shown together for a long period.