Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate

Date

1660

Object Number

III.1997

Provenance

Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, AP.91

Physical Description

Of large size, and considerable weight, with a deep waist. ]The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which curves down to the centre and has an narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns, bordered by a single incised line. At either side of the chest is a pierced stud for fastening the shoulder straps. High at the right of the chest is a small, almost headless stud, possibly for the attachment of a plackart: and a t either side, and either side of the keel, at the waist, are rivet holes, possibly for a similar function or for a lining. At the left of the chest is a shallow proof mark. The outside is cross-hatched overal with file marks.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 540 mm (21.3 in), width: 376 mm (14.8 in) Weight: 7405 g ( 16 lb 5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none .

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, Vol.II 22 November 1985, Lot 40

Notes

This breastplate is a pair to the backplate III.2034. The pot with the scrolling additional bar on the faceguard, IV.905, should belong. Compare the armour at Levens Hall, Cumbria, with a gauntlet, but no buff coat.