Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate

Date

1650

Object Number

III.2020

Provenance

Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House, no. AP.51.

Physical Description

With a raised neck and narrow flange at the waist. The neck, arm and flange edges are inwardly turned. At either shoulder is a restored shoulder strap. At either side of the waist is a restored waist strap with a plain iron buckle at the right.


The backplate is pierced at the centre for mounting, and at the left side edge. Fragments of the original straps survive; the buckle was originally mounted at the left. The straps were restored in February 1986.

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 38.0 cm ( 15.0 in ), width 35.4 cm ( 14.0 in ) Weight: 3 lb 1 oz ( 1.4 kg )

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped L for the maker. Painted inside is 69 in orange.

Notes

The same makers mark appears on iii.1969, 1998, 1999, 2007, and 2033 in the Littlecote collection. Omitted from the Sotheby's catalogue. _