Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, ap.38. Possibly not indigenous to the collection.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and deep flange at the waist. The arm, neck and flange edges are inwardly turned. The arm and neck edges are bordered by single incised lines; the neck edge by six decorative rivets, the flange by ten. At either shoulder is a restored strap with six plates, the rear most of each being original. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap.

At either shoulder is an extra pair of rivet holes, and at either side of the waist is another small rivet hole. The straps were restored in February 1986. The rear plates of the shoulder straps are rectangular, with a central v-shaped nick, contrasting with the usual double scallop.


Dimensions: height 40.2 cm ( 15.9 in ), width 33.4 cm ( 13.2 in ) Weight: 4 lb 7 oz ( 2.0 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

Inside, above the flange, is incised XX and six lozenge shaped punch marks.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's, The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.ii, 22 November 1985, lot 236.


Pair to III.1966.