Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, AP.41. Formerly Tower Armouries; said by Sir Seton Wills not to be indigenous to the collection

Physical Description

This has 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 six plates at the left and five at the right. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap and buckle.

Either shoulder is pierced with two pairs of rivet holes for shoulder straps, one pair on the right broken out. The straps were restored in February 1986. The outside is painted black with a broad yellow border, the inside red.


Dimensions: height 376 mm (14.8 in.), width 339 mm (13.4 in.) Weight: 3 lb 8 oz ( 1.6 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped IH for the maker, a St. George cross for the Commonwealth, and a rather obscure crowned IR for the arsenal of James II. Painted inside in white is P.

Bibliographic References

Sotheby's The Contents of Littlecote House, vol.II, 22 November 1985, lot 252.


Painted P also appears on iii.2012 and iv.884.