Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate



Object Number



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: 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


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.