Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.10.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and a narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap with five plates, the rearmost plate of each being original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle.

Fragments of the original straps survive. At the right shoulder is a tiny pierced hole. The straps were restored in february 1985.


Dimensions: height 39.6 cm ( 15.6 in ), width 34.8 cm ( 13.7 in ) Weight: 2.4 kg ( 5 lb 4 oz )

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside, above the flange, a diagonal row of seven triangular punch marks. Inside, painted 76 in orange.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 110.


The same construction mark appears on III.2016, which may not be indigenous to the Littlecote collection and does not fit.