Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, AP.34. Formerly Tower.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and a deep flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned, the arm edges are bordered by single incised lines. At either side of the neck is a restored shoulder strap with six plates, the rearmost of each being original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap, with a buckle at the left.

Each shoulder is pierced with seven rivet holes for shoulder strap rivets; either side of the waist with a row of two pairs. The left shoulder and side edges are somewhat damaged. The straps were restored in February 1986.


Dimensions: height 43.5 cm ( 17.2 in ), width 34.6 cm ( 13.7 in ) Weight: 5 lb 3 oz ( 2.4 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped W for the maker, 37, crowned CR for the arsenal of Charles II, helmeted A for the Armourers' company of London, and Cross of St George for the Commonwealth. Inside the flange are five incised lines.


Places England

Bibliographic References

Sotherby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 250.