Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.77. Probably ex-Tower, Christie's 30 April 1973 lots 152-4.

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 side of the chest is a mushroom headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. At either side edge is riveted a downward pointing bracket fro retaining the waist strap. At the left is a deep proof mark.


Dimensions: height 44.0 cm ( 17.4 in ), width 33.8 cm ( 13.3 in ) Weight: 3944 g ( 8 lb 11 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck, stamped IN for the maker and a helmeted A for the Armourers' Company of London.

Bibliographic References

Omitted from the Sotheby's catalogue.