Object Title

Harquebusier's backplate

Harquebusier's backplate



Object Number



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: 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.


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