Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



From the Armoury at Littlecote House a.4. Purchased 15/11/1985.

Physical Description

The backplate has a raised neck and narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges have inward turns. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap, with a long terminal plate and four plates above. Those at the left are original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle. There are two holes at the centre for mounting, and two small holes at either armpit.

The culet is of four lames, overlapping upwards, attached to the flange of the backplate by a central stud and pin. The upper lame has a transverse angle to fit over the flange with eleven lining rivets below. The lower edge has an inward turn, with a sunken border containing fourteen brass headed lining rivets. The subsidiary edges are decorated with a single and two double scallops at either side, each containing a decorative rivet, and bordered with double incised lines, as is the angle on the upper lame. The lower three lames are made in two pieces, joined by rivets at the centre. The lames are articulated by rivets in single scallops at either side.


CuletHeight15.5 cm
CuletWidth46 cm
BackplateHeight40 cm
BackplateWidth34.2 cm

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside the backplate, at the edge of the flange, is incised XX. There is a painted, orange 42.


Bibliographic References

Sotherby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 130.


The same construction mark appears on III.1981, 1995, 2016, 2022, 2023 and 2025.