Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.72.

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, the arm edges bordered by single incised lines. At either arm edge is a mushroom headed stud for the shoulder straps.

The right arm edge is damaged.


Dimensions: height 40.2 cm ( 15.9 in ), width 32.1 cm ( 12.7 in ) Weight: 3632 g ( 8 lb 0 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, stamped M for the maker, helmeted A and cross of St.George for the Commonwealth. Inside, stamped TD and XXIII at the flange, and four triangular punch marks.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 75.


Comparable pieces include III.1986, which is marked in the same way, but with III instead of XXIII.